Carte-de-visite of Mary Ann Donaldson shown in half portrait. She is turned one quarter to her left and looks off frame. Her hair is parted at the center and smoothed down to just above her ears where it is curled in ringlets. She wears a white lace cap with lace tails and black rosettes at the ears on the back part of her head. She has on a dark colored bodice and a white lace collar. Printed below the image is the text "JULIUS ULKE, WASH., D.C.".
There is a mark for Julius Ulke on the back of the photograph.
The photograph is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print. Handwritten in graphite on the album page below the printed frame of the window is the text "Miss Donaldson of Washington."