Many of the department's researching tools
are available online here. For more information
about how to use these tools while searching,
please see the Search Strategy section below.
Browse the list for fine prints by artist, OR view the complete print list
List | Print
List with Finding Aids
A complete list of collections. Browse the alphabet below by collection name.
A-D | E-J | K-M | N-R | S-Z
Best used for finding information on a specific topic. Not recommended for
general subject browsing.
The full text of our published catalog. Best for browsing a general subject.
Below you will find an explanation of
the searching tools we have available
on our website for materials from the
Manuscripts Collections, Rare
Fine Print Collection, and University
If your interest in our Manuscripts Collections is
broad, we suggest you begin by consulting
Guide where collections are listed by general topic.
You will find links to the individual
collections and online finding aids. If your
interest is specific, begin with our Keyword
Index. Here you will find all of the collections’ index
terms merged into one main index. You
may see what items our collections contain
by looking up a key word
(name, place, event, title). Unfortunately,
the format of the index makes browsing
time-consuming as you have
to click through by segment. If you know the
name of the collection you are interested in, you may
look for it in our alphabetical
list of collections. For most of these collections,
you will find a link to an online finding aid with folder
registers and an index. However, many of our important
collections were processed before the electronic age,
and are represented here on the web page by name only.
Typed finding aids are available for most of these and
can be viewed in the reading room of our department.
Our Rare Books do
not circulate and may be viewed only
in our reading room.
To search for a book in our holdings,
you may use the Georgetown
University Library catalog, GEORGE.
Books in our collection will be specified
by various location descriptions beginning
The Fine Print Collection can be searched
by browsing the list
of artists' names alone
or by the
list of artist and titles online. A selection of paintings, sculptures,
and other works in the University Art Collection is listed
by artist and title, with additional information
and images for select works available
on the University
Art Collection's website. Current and many past exhibits
in the Fairchild Gallery can be browsed
for inventory, descriptions,
and images on the Department's exhibits
For those interested in researching aspects of the University’s
history, our guide to the University Archives can
provide a logical starting point. Also
available are a selection
of essays on University
history and a sampling
from the Archives photographic collection.
Please note that archival records, like
other Special Collections material, do
not circulate. All published documents
housed in the Archives are open for use.
The following restrictions govern the
use of unpublished documents: unpublished
material dating from 1971 and later may
only be consulted with the permission
of the office which created it; unpublished
material dating from 1970 and before may
be used with the permission of the Archivist
or the creating office,
unless otherwise restricted. For additional
information or to schedule a visit, contact
Lynn Conway via
email or at 202-687-7631.
So you have used the tools available here to determine
that we have material you wish to see.
next? Experienced researchers will realize that there is
not a complete
substitute for actually visiting
our department and doing the work
yourself. We are open Monday-Friday
9 am to 5:30 pm. We are open to all who
obey our rules.
If you have any questions, feel free
to contact us before your arrival. There
is a list of staff
contacts available online.
For those who simply can’t visit, we will do what
we can to help in spite of severe staff
limitations and legal restrictions on
copying. Please contact the appropriate
person for your request from the list
contacts to describe the nature of your inquiry,
the intended use of the research material
and a summary of your research project.
There are online forms available
below to help you provide us will complete
information about your request.
If you are requesting photocopies or photographic duplications,
you will need to submit either the Xerox
Copy Order & Billing
Form or the Photographic Copy Order Form,
as appropriate. There are links below
versions of these forms. For
Xerox photocopies, we charge 25 cents
per page for the first
100 pages copied and 50 cents per page
thereafter. Please contact David
Hagen for information about
the cost of photographic copies and scans.
Requesting Copies from Special Collections