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The Archives serves as the institutional memory of Georgetown University. As such, it acquires, preserves, and makes available records of enduring value which document University activities, functions, decisions, policies and programs. Georgetown established its Archives as early as 1816, one of the first American colleges to do so. Because of this longevity, the Archives has an unusually rich collection, housing material from 1786 -- even before the University’s founding in 1789 -- to the present. More information on holdings can be found in the guide to the University Archives.

The Archives aims to support research, to aid teaching, and to promote understanding of Georgetown’s rich heritage. Use by all members of the University community is encouraged. External researchers are also welcome.

The University Archivist, Lynn Conway, is available to advise and assist in the use of this collection. She can be contacted via email or at 202-687-7631.


Art & Fine Prints
The University Art Collection, much of which is displayed in various administrative offices around campus, is comprised mostly of gifts from alumni and friends. Since it reflects manifold tastes and collecting interests, the collection is quite diverse and includes over 500 paintings, as well as antique furnishings, sculpture, and objets d’art. The paintings collection is strong in Baroque, nineteenth century American, portraiture, and works of religious significance. Highlights of the art collection, ranging from a thirteenth century church carving of The Education of the Virgin to the monumental Calling of St. Matthew by Luca Giordano, are on permanent display in Carroll Parlor in historic Healy Hall. (Click here for current hours.) Other works for which we lack adequate display space, or those too fragile to display, are in vault storage. To view selections from the collection, please browse the University Art Collection's website.

In addition, the University has a substantial collection of over 12,000 fine prints, housed in Lauinger Library, which are displayed in its Charles Marvin Fairchild Memorial Gallery in rotating exhibitions four times a year. This collection emphasizes twentieth century American prints as well as works produced in or relating to Georgetown and the greater Washington area. The result of generous gifts and some judicious acquisitions, the collection was assembled by Joseph A. Haller, S.J., Emeritus Curator of Fine Prints, formerly the University Treasurer. A searchable list of the prints and printmakers is available online.

Visitors are welcome to view prints or other objects from the art collection, and are encouraged to schedule an appointment ahead of time.

The Art Collection Coordinator, LuLen Walker, is available to advise and assist in the use of this collection. She can be contacted via via email or at 202-687-1469.


The Manuscripts Librarian, Nicholas Scheetz, is available to advise and assist in the use of this collection. He can be contacted via via email or at 202-687-7614.


Rare Books
The Rare Book Section comprises something over 100,000 printed volumes distributed in more than 20 separate collections, including items on many different subjects and items printed in many different languages. With an ever-decreasing number notwithstanding, almost all those cataloged are included in GEORGE. Like other Special Collections material, books do not circulate.

The core of the Rare Book Section is the group of materials collected at Georgetown before the end of the nineteenth century. Among these by far the most important are the surviving portion of the “original” library (that as embodied in the last manuscript catalog, dating from about 1836); the Americana-rich library of John Gilmary Shea, acquired in 1892; and the classical and scientific library of Rev. Thomas C. Levins, acquired in 1844.

Noteworthy acquisitions since 1970, when the Special Collections Division was formed, include the former rare book collection of the University of Detroit, the Bowen Collection (intelligence, spying, and covert activities, in all more than 20,000 volumes), and a variety of literary collections ranging from important holdings of authors such as Charles Dickens, C. S. Forester, Graham Greene, and Arthur Ransome to assemblages documenting the history of such current topics as the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award.

The Manuscripts Librarian, Nicholas Sheetz, is available to advise and assist in the use of this collection.


Other Special Collections at Georgetown
E.B. Williams Law Library Special Collections
The Georgetown Law Center's E.B Williams Law Library has a separate staff and collections. Click on the above link for more information.

The Woodstock Theological Center Library
Housed in the lower level of Lauinger Library, the Woodstock Theological Center Library has impressive special collections of 16th -19th Century Roman Catholic, Jesuit, and American theological resources.

Angelica Image Library
The Georgetown University's Department of Art, Music, and Theater's image database. Access is limited to Georgetown faculty, staff, and students.


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