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Libraries & Spaces
225 Images for 225 Years of Georgetown University
The year 2014 marks the 225th anniversary of the founding of Georgetown University. In celebration, the Georgetown University Archives presents this online exhibition featuring a sampling of images of documents, photographs, and objects relating to Georgetown's long and storied history. Many of these 225 items can viewed here online for the first time.
The letter reads in part "Sir, Wanting for the use of the college of Georgetown to the administration of which I have been lately, a quantity of good soale and upper leather I am confident I cannot place our custom in better hands than yours . . . But I must observe I cannot offer ready money, and a credit of four or five months is made necessary by the circumstances of the house . . ." (William DuBourg Papers)
The letter addresses the possibility that Congress might ask to meet in Old North, the largest undamaged structure in the area, after the burning of Washington, D.C. by the British. ". . . I cannot believe, if the Congress move at all, that it will be to George Town; since if the British get reinforced, the government will be so little more safe there, than at Washington, that they will seek some safer refuge . . ." (Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus)
"18. It is rigorously prohibited to any student to have money in his possession - but whatever may be given him by his parents for his privat expenses must be deposited in the hands of the Superior from whom he may receive from time to time whatever is necessary for any reasonable expenses."
During the rebellion, sixty students decamped to a local hotel following refusal of permission for a Sunday evening Philodemic Society meeting.
"Proportions. To a barrel of flour, a gallon of yeast. Take a bucket of potatoes, boil them skins and all . . ."
" . . . The Society proceeded to debate the question Whether the Union will be dissolved in the case of the election of Lincoln as President of the U.S."
"The 69th Regt. N.Y. is authorized to occupy Georgetown Heights and the College, until further orders." (Rev. John Early, S.J. Papers)
With explanatory notes added by Georgetown Archivist Francis Barnum, S.J., in 1899.
From the Georgetown College Journal.
From the Georgetown College Journal. George Gibson Huntt (C1849), a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Cavalry, relates how in May 1861, while tasked with selecting camping sites around the district, he visited his alma mater in order to use the upper floors of its buildings to locate suitable sites on the Virginia side of the river.
Pictured in the Georgetown College Journal. The boathouse, located at the foot of 32nd Street on government property, was used between 1901 and 1904.
Published in the Georgetown College Journal, January 1918.
Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., is seen standing to the right.
From Ye Domesday Booke.
Pictured in Ye Domesday Booke.
Curated by Lynn Conway, University Archivist, and Ann Galloway, Assistant University Archivist