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The Joseph P. Mobberly, SJ Papers (1815-1827) consist of the remembrances, observations, and expositions of a Jesuit who worked principally as manager of St. Inigoes, a house and plantation in St. Mary’s County, and taught at Georgetown College. Brother Mobberly wrote passionately on a wide variety of topics: agricultural management, focusing particularly on the economic viability of enslaved labor and strategies for maximizing the production of wheat, corn, and other alternatives to tobacco production; the plundering of St. Inigoes by British sailors during the War of 1812 which he witnessed; and spiritual phenomena ascribing power to miracles, ghosts, and curses. Most notably, he explores a Biblical interpretation of racial difference that was used to justify slavery and to explain what he believed to be the transgressive behavior among African Americans.
The papers, frequently cited as “The Mobberly Diaries,” consist of five memoranda books that were written retrospectively for the most part. The earliest of these, a volume probably written in 1823, describes events at Georgetown and St. Inigoes between 1805 and 1820. The other four memoranda books dated between 1824 and 1827 record some events shortly after their occurrence, but these entries are interspersed with short expositions on past events or his views on race, agricultural management, miracles, Protestants, and liberty. In addition to the memoranda books, the collection contains a treatise on the rules of Jesuit and student life; a two-volume defense of slavery based on the Biblical story of Noah's sons, particularly Cham; and his narrative of a demonic possession in Morgantown, W.V., popularly known as “Wizard’s Clip.”
Image: Detail from Treatise on Slavery - Cham (2 of 2), 1823
This This collection consists of the work of Georgetown faculty on bioethical issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes articles (written for both the general public and the scholarly community) and recordings of lectures and webinars that have been presented in the wake of the pandemic. A number of Georgetown University affiliated institutions are represented in the collection, including the Kennedy Institute of Ethics; the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics; Global Engagement; the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs; and the Catholic Health Association. Works produced by Georgetown scholars that have been published by external organizations are also included in the collection.
Image: Policemen in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross at the time of the Spanish flu outbreak, December 1918. (Culver Pictures via Washington State Archives)
This collection contains a near comprehensive bibliography of the published and unpublished works of John Courtney Murray, S.J. One of the premier Catholic political theorists and theologians of the 20th century, Murray is perhaps best known for his contributions during Vatican II, serving as a key shaper of the Declaration on Religious Freedom, Dignitatis Humanae. This collection includes material that has long been out of print, as well as copies of speeches and talks found only in the John Courtney Murray Papers, housed within the archives of the Woodstock Theological Library.
Image: Detail from title page of The Declaration on Religious Freedom, 1966
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