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Detail from Kress photo of Georgetown waterfront

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Swimming in the Potomac

February 7, 2020

Photograph album of Charles KressThis unassuming photo album hides some remarkable images of Georgetown from the early 1900s. The penny is included for scale. Recently acquired by the University Archives (gift of Stephen Fernie, 2019), the album belonged to one Charles Edward Kress, who entered Georgetown College in 1904 and departed in 1906 without graduating. Alongside Georgetown images are a few of his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A selection appears below; if you want to see more of the collection of almost 100 photos, you can make an appointment to browse through the album in our Paul F. Betz Reading Room.

Click the images to enlarge them.

--Stephanie Hughes, Communications and Projects Coordinator, Booth Family Center for Special Collections

Georgetown waterfront in Kress photo album

"View along the Potomac, and the inspiring towers of Georgetown in the distance."


Georgetown College boys bathing in the Potomac

"Bathing in the Potomac."


Dormitory room at Georgetown

"Room, Georgetown University."


Photo of canoeing on the Potomac

"Canoeing on the Potomac."


Bridge over the Potomac at Georgetown

"Another view of the bridge at Georgetown."