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George Teal, Washington National Monument Society certificate

 Collection — Folder: S1289
Identifier: S1289

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises a certificate from the Washington National Monument Society circa 1848, indicating that George Teal contributed one dollar to help erect the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. and his membership to the society. The certificate was signed by Zachary Taylor, president of the society.


  • circa 1848


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

The Washington National Monument Society was founded in 1833 for the purpose of creating a memorial to George Washington on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. They raised money through public donations to fund the construction. The obelisk monument was designed by architect Robert Mills. The cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848. The project halted in 1854 when the society ran out of money and fundraising proved unsuccessful. The land and the uncompleted monument was returned to Congress in 1876. The society then served as advisors to the congressional committee charged with completing the monument. The Washington Monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885.


Item in the collection.

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. "Washington National Monument Society." Histories of the National Mall. Accessed June 26, 2017.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



The collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Katherine Teal on 1950/11/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/6/8 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2023/01/19 by Brittany Kropf.
George Teal, Washington National Monument Society certificate
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.