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225 Images for 225 Years of Georgetown University

Online Exhibitions
September 30, 2014
December 31, 2014

 

225 Images exhibition sign

 

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.

Fund raising letter for an Academy at George-Town, Patowmack-River, Maryland

Fund raising letter for an Academy at George-Town, Patowmack-River, Maryland, from Fr. John Carroll

March 30, 1787

Letter from Georgetown President William DuBourg, S.S., to a leather merchant

Letter from Georgetown President William DuBourg, S.S., to a leather merchant

November 11, 1796

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)

Prospectus for Georgetown College [Fragments, in Spanish]

Prospectus for Georgetown College [Fragments, in Spanish]

1798

Prospectus for Georgetown College

1798

Excerpt of a letter from Archbishop John Carroll to Georgetown President John Grassi (Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus)

September 30, 1814

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)

Prospectus for Georgetown College

Prospectus for Georgetown College

1814

Program from Georgetown College's first commencement

Program from Georgetown College's first commencement showing the names of graduates Charles and George Dinnies of New York

1817

Program from Georgetown College commencement

Program from Georgetown College commencement

July 21, 1821

Excerpt from student rule book

Excerpt from student rule book

1829

"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 private 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."

Philodemic Society medal

Philodemic Society medal

ca. 1831

Georgetown College campus

Georgetown College campus with the South Building to the left and the North Building to the right

1831

Card from Georgetown students announcing the end of the 1850 student rebellion

Card from Georgetown students announcing the end of the 1850 student rebellion

February 2, 1850

During the rebellion, sixty students decamped to a local hotel following refusal of permission for a Sunday evening Philodemic Society meeting.

Bread recipe of the College baker

Bread recipe of the College baker Brother Thomas Gavan

ca. 1855

 "Proportions.  To a barrel of flour, a gallon of yeast.  Take a bucket of potatoes, boil them skins and all . . ."

Program from Dramatic Association of Georgetown College performance of Hamlet

Program from Dramatic Association of Georgetown College performance of Hamlet and Robert Macaire

May 31, 1855

Proceedings of the Philodemic Society

Proceedings of the Philodemic Society.

October 13, 1860

 " . . . 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."

Copy of Notice of Occupation by the Sixty-Ninth New York Regiment

Copy of Notice of Occupation by the Sixty-Ninth New York Regiment

 May 4, 1861

"The 69th Regt. N.Y. is authorized to occupy Georgetown Heights and the College, until further orders."  (Rev. John Early, S.J. Papers)

Letter to Georgetown President John Early, S.J., from the Surgeon General’s office

Letter to Georgetown President John Early, S.J., from the Surgeon General’s office, requisitioning campus buildings "for Hospital accommodation" (Rev. John Early, S.J. Papers)

August 31, 1862

Georgetown College expenses

Georgetown College expenses

1862

Paroled prisoner pass issued at Appomattox Court House

Paroled prisoner pass issued at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, to Augustine W. Neale C1860

April 10, 1865

Faculty of the Georgetown Medical Department

Faculty of the Georgetown Medical Department. Photograph by A. Gardner

ca. 1867

Poem by student Warren Chism

Poem by student Warren Chism complaining about the quality of campus food

1867

With explanatory notes added by Georgetown Archivist Francis Barnum, S.J., in 1899.

Page from baseball score book for the Quickstep Base Ball Club

Page from baseball score book for the Quickstep Base Ball Club of Georgetown College

October 26, 1869

Program from Dramatic Reading Association

Program from Dramatic Reading Association of Georgetown College's Evening with Favorite Authors

March 7, 1869

Program from the first Annual Commencement of the Law Department

Program from the first Annual Commencement of the Law Department of the University of Georgetown

June 4, 1872

Program from the Fifty-Fifth Annual Commencement

Program from the Fifty-Fifth Annual Commencement of Georgetown College

June 27, 1872

Founders of Georgetown College Journal

Founders of Georgetown College Journal: William C. Niblack, George P. Fisher, William H. Dennis, Thomas Ewing Sherman, J. Percy Keating, and John Sumner, S.J.

1872

Georgetown College Boat Song

Georgetown College Boat Song, composed by the editor of the College Journal (John Agar?)

ca. 1876

Ticket to the first Annual Banquet of the Alumni Association

Ticket to the first Annual Banquet of the Alumni Association of Georgetown University

January 13, 1876

Description of the selection of Blue and Gray as "appropriate colors" for the crew team

Description of the selection of Blue and Gray as "appropriate colors" for the crew team

June 1876

From the Georgetown College Journal.

Building permit for Healy Hall

Building permit for Healy Hall

November 12, 1877

Architectural sketch for Healy Hall

Architectural sketch for Healy Hall by J.L. Smithmeyer & Co

November 1877

“A Reminiscence of the War”

“A Reminiscence of the War” by an “Old Student”

December 1878

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.

Law School announcement for 1878-1879

Law School announcement for 1878-1879

1878

Circular letter from the Society of Alumni

Circular letter from the Society of Alumni soliciting donations to fund the completion of Gaston Hall and to pay off the building debt associated with Healy Hall

November 1881

Plat showing College property

Plat showing College property

1888

Document recording the gift of a day's work by carpenters and laborers

Document recording the gift of a day's work by carpenters and laborers working on Healy Hall

December 24, 1888

Trinity Church and school

Trinity Church and school

1888

Invitation to Centennial Celebration

Invitation to Centennial Celebration

February 20-22, 1889

Freshman course of studies

Freshman course of studies

1890

Observatory and surroundings

Observatory and surroundings

ca. 1890

North end of Healy Hall and Old North

North end of Healy Hall and Old North

1890

Senior Physics examination questions

Senior Physics examination questions

December 23, 1890

Advertisements in the Georgetown College Journal

Advertisements in the Georgetown College Journal

December 1891

John Vinton and Elizabeth Drexel Dahlgren

John Vinton and Elizabeth Drexel Dahlgren

ca. 1891

Laying of the cornerstone of Dahlgren Chapel

Laying of the cornerstone of Dahlgren Chapel with Mulledy Hall and the South Building seen in the background

May 1892

Bridge on the College Walks

Bridge on the College Walks

1892

Menu from dinner held after the consecration of the Chapel of the Sacred heart

Menu from dinner held after the consecration of the Chapel of the Sacred heart (Dahlgren Memorial Chapel)

June 9, 1893

Rules for student use of Riggs Library

Rules for student use of Riggs Library

ca. 1893

Campus in the snow

Campus in the snow

1893

The Quadrangle

The Quadrangle

after 1893

Solicitation letter for the Georgetown University Hospital

Solicitation letter for the Georgetown University Hospital

February 25, 1897

Georgetown Prep football team

Georgetown Prep football team

1898

Baseball team

1899

Football schedule

1899

Special and postgraduate students on the steps of Old North

1900

Intercollegiate Regatta program

1900

Undergraduate class schedule

1900-1901

Program from a benefit concert held to fund trip to the 1900 Paris Olympics by three Georgetown sprinters: Arthur Duffy/Duffey, William Holland, and Edmund Minahan

April 1900

Program from the 1900 Paris Olympics brought back by Georgetown sprinter Arthur Duffy/Duffey

July 14-15, 1900

Invitation to the Medical School commencement

May 22, 1900

Varsity boathouse and varsity crew

1901

Pictured in the Georgetown College Journal.  The boathouse, located at the foot of 32nd Street on government property, was used between 1901 and 1904.

Junior Yard [Athletic Association] posed on the steps of Healy Hall

1901

Application by Lillian Neale Welker to the Georgetown University Hospital Training School for Nurses

November 22, 1903

Ryan Hall and Prep athletic field with handball court in the foreground to the right

ca. 1904

Calendar for Georgetown College and Georgetown College Preparatory School

September and October 1904

Textbook List

Spring 1904

Demerit system

1906

Songsheet from Georgetown v. Virginia football game

November 10, 1906

Baseball team

1908

Sign protesting refusal of President David Buel, S.J. to agree to a student request that St. Patrick's Day be given as a holiday

March 17, 1908

Football team on the steps of Healy Hall

1909

Georgetown v. Carlisle football game

March 25, 1911

Georgetown and Virginia mascots meet

1911

Account for the John Carroll Statue

July 23, 1912

Sophomore newsletter, "The Soph. Dope"

1912

Invitation to the dedication of the E. Francis Riggs Memorial Maternity Department of the Georgetown University Hospital

May 1, 1912

Tickets to Georgetown v. Virginia football game

November 16, 1912

Dental infirmary

1913

Student room in Old North

1913

Interior of Old North

ca. 1913

Tennis Association

1913

Ticket to view Woodrow Wilson's inaugural procession

March 4, 1913

Campus as seen from Virginia

1913

Advertisements in the Georgetown College Journal

Advertisements in the Georgetown College Journal

June 1914

Class of 1914

Class of 1914

1914

Dance card for Freshman Dance in Ryan Gymnasium

Dance card for Freshman Dance in Ryan Gymnasium

May 6, 1914

Old North and Dahlgren Chapel

Old North and Dahlgren Chapel

1914

Letter from Lieutenant W. G. McNulty (A.B. 1914)

Letter from Lieutenant W. G. McNulty (A.B. 1914), Somewhere in France

October 12, 1917

Published in the Georgetown College Journal, January 1918.

Student Army Training Corps on the steps of Healy Hall

Student Army Training Corps on the steps of Healy Hall

1917

Red Cross Advertisement in the Georgetown College Journal

Red Cross Advertisement in the Georgetown College Journal

November 1918

Freshman rules

Freshman rules

ca. 1919

First class in the School of Foreign Service

First class in the School of Foreign Service

1919

Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., is seen standing to the right.

Announcement for the Georgetown University Hospital Training School for Nurses

Announcement for the Georgetown University Hospital Training School for Nurses

ca, 1919

The Hoya, Vol. 1, No. 1

The Hoya, Vol. 1, No. 1

January 14, 1920

Menu from Georgetown College New Year Welcome Banquet

Menu from Georgetown College New Year Welcome Banquet held in Ryan Hall

January 15, 1922

Baseball team

Baseball team

1922

Endowment Association brochure

Endowment Association brochure

1922

Showing an early design for Copley Hall.

Endowment Association membership certificate

Endowment Association membership certificate for Miss Janet Richards

1922

Memorial Tribute to Ivan Jones White

Memorial Tribute to Ivan Jones White who was killed in the Knickerbocker Theater disaster

1922

From Ye Domesday Booke

Program from Mask and Bauble Club production of Julius Caesar

Program from Mask and Bauble Club production of Julius Caesar

1922

Stubby, the Georgetown mascot

Stubby, the Georgetown mascot

1923

Pictured in Ye Domesday Booke.

Philippine Georgetownians

Philippine Georgetownians

1924

Pictured in Ye Domesday Booke.

New North under construction and Dahlgren Chapel

New North under construction and Dahlgren Chapel

ca. 1925

Graduating Class of Georgetown Hospital

Graduating Class of Georgetown Hospital

1925

Junior Prom and Diplomatic Ball

Junior Prom and Diplomatic Ball at the Mayflower Hotel

December 17, 1925

Pictured in Ye Domesday Booke.

Fourth Annual Banquet of the Pierce Bulter Law Club

Fourth Annual Banquet of the Pierce Bulter Law Club at the Carlton Hotel, Washington, D.C.

April 13, 1928

School of Foreign Service students

School of Foreign Service students on a visit to New York

1928

Club Hispano Americano

Club Hispano Americano

Pictured in Ye Domesday Booke.

Copley Hall under construction

Copley Hall under construction

October 2, 1930

Copley Hall and St William Chapel under construction

Copley Hall and St William Chapel under construction

October 2, 1930

The Quadrangle with Old North and an ivy-covered Dahlgren Chapel

The Quadrangle with Old North and an ivy-covered Dahlgren Chapel

1930s

Aerial view of campus

Aerial view of campus and the surrounding area

1931

Obituary for track star and Olympian Robert Legendre

Obituary for track star and Olympian Robert Legendre

January 28, 1931

From The Hoya.

White-Gravenor under construction

White-Gravenor under construction

December 2, 1932

School of Foreign Service classroom

School of Foreign Service classroom in Healy Hall

after 1932

Healy Hall

Healy Hall

ca. 1935

Architectural sketch for a new gymnasium

Architectural sketch for a new gymnasium by Emile G. Perrot

1936

Account of Gene Krupa's performance at the Senior Ball

Account of Gene Krupa's performance at the Senior Ball

May 11, 1938

From The Hoya.

Georgetown cheerleaders

Georgetown cheerleaders

1939

Pictured in Ye Domesday Booke.

Sideline pass for the Orange Bowl

Sideline pass for the Orange Bowl

1941

Georgetown football team

Georgetown football team in Miami, Florida, for the Orange Bowl

1941

appointment of Richard C. Law, S.J. as Chief Air Raid Warden

Announcement of the appointment of Richard C. Law, S.J. as Chief Air Raid Warden for Campus

February 3, 1942

Baseball game

Baseball game

1942

Carroll Quigley

Carroll Quigley

1943

Pictured in Ye Domesday Booke.

Kehoe Field

Kehoe Field

ca. 1945

Nursing students in the lab

Nursing students in the lab

1947

Cartoon advertising The Hoya

Cartoon advertising The Hoya

March 28, 1947

Fordham mascot

Fordham mascot after its kidnapping by Georgetown students

October 10, 1947

Boxing team

Boxing team

1948

Old North

Old North

ca. 1948

College Class of 1949

College Class of 1949 on the steps of Healy Hall

1949

Football players

Football players (Bob Noppinger, Bugs, Thompson, Bill Fisher, John McGinn, Gino Pagluicia, Frank Mattingly, Bill McCarthy, Dick Losh)

1950

Swimming team

Swimming team

1950

Architectural sketch for St. Mary's Hall

Architectural sketch for St. Mary's Hall by Leon Chatelain, Jr.

ca. 1954

Basketball player Bill Bolger

Basketball player Bill Bolger

1951

Dahlgren Chapel

Dahlgren Chapel, covered in ivy, as seen from Healy Hall

before 1953

Honorary degree citation for Konrad Adenauer

Honorary degree citation for Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the German Federal Republic

April 7, 1953

Inaugural Ball

Inaugural Ball in honor of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower held in McDonough Gymnasium

January 20, 1953

Ticket to Inaugural Bal

Ticket to Inaugural Ball in honor of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower held in McDonough Gymnasium

January 20, 1953

Mascot Hoya IV with cheerleaders

Mascot Hoya IV with cheerleaders

1955

Basketball team

1956

Faculty Christmas party with President Edward B. Bunn, S.J. (second right)

1957

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower unveils a bust of Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., at the dedication of the Walsh Memorial Building, while Georgetown President Edward B. Bunn, S.J., looks on

October 13, 1958

New South under construction

ca. 1958

Memo from the Vice President for Medical Center Affairs William Maloney, S.J., re permission to marry for Nursing students

December 16, 1959

Advertisement for Vaseline Hair Tonic

1960

From The Hoya.

Diplomatic Ball

February 12, 1960

President Edward B. Bunn, S.J.

1961

Pictured in Ye Domesday Booke.

Cover of handbook for women students, Miss G Goes to Georgetown

1962

Campus map

1962

From handbook for women students, Miss G Goes to Georgetown.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J.

1962

Poster for Calliope IV try-outs

1963

Expenses

1963-1964

Jesuit Community Cemetery and Reiss Science Building

1963

Basketball team

Basketball team

1963-64

Frank L. Fadner, S.J.

Frank L. Fadner, S.J.

1964

Junior Prom Committee

Junior Prom Committee

1964

175th anniversary version of University seal

175th anniversary version of University seal

1964

Advertisement for 1789 restaurant

Advertisement for 1789 restaurant

1964

Georgetown University Shop advertisement

Georgetown University Shop advertisement from The Hoya

February 20, 1964

Letter from President Edward B. Bunn, S.J., to members of the senior class

Letter from President Edward B. Bunn, S.J., to members of the senior class with reference to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and the celebration of the University's 175th anniversary

May 15, 1964

Harbin Hall

Harbin Hall

1964

Hoya's carry out menu

Hoya's carry out menu from The Hoya

May 15, 1964

Tribute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy in the Caduceus

Tribute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy in the Caduceus (the School of Nursing yearbook)

1964

Lyndon B. Johnson at the inauguration of Gerard J. Campbell, S.J.

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson at the inauguration of Gerard J. Campbell, S.J., as University President

December 3, 1964

Program from dedication of Darnall

Program from dedication of Darnall Women's Residence Hall

March 28, 1965

Women's basketball team

Women's basketball team

1965-1966

Poster for Johhny Mathis concert

Poster for Johhny Mathis concert in McDonough Gym

March 5, 1966

Football Team

Football team

1966

Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders

1966

Georgetown University Hospital

Georgetown University Hospital

1967

Poster for Kick-Off Dance introducing mascot Jack II

Poster for Kick-Off Dance introducing mascot Jack II

November 3, 1967

Campus as seen from N Street

Campus as seen from N Street

1967

Othmar Winkler

Othmar Winkler as pictured in Ye Domesday Booke

1968

Front page of The Hoya

Front page of The Hoya

September 14, 1968

appointment of Rabbi Harold White

Georgetown University News Service release re the appointment of Rabbi Harold White as advisor to the University Chapter of Hillel and as instructor in the Theology Department

September 30, 1968

  Advertisement for paper dresses

Advertisement for paper dresses in the student handbook

1969

Field hockey team

1969

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. (left) and Gerard J. Campbell, S.J. (right) with President Robert J. Henle, S.J., on his inauguration day

October 7, 1969

Georgetown University News Service release regarding the admission of men to the School of Nursing

January 30, 1969

Georgetown Voice, Vol. 1, No. 1

March 4, 1969

President Robert J. Henle, S.J.

1969

Campus as seen from O Street

1969

Poster for 1970 Prom with B. B. King

April 25, 1970

Georgetown University News Service release re the wearing of pantsuit uniforms by nurses at the Georgetown University Hospital

November 5, 1970

Poster for speech by President of the National Organization of Women Betty Friedan

November 10, 1970

Healy circle with Lauinger Library seen to the left

ca. 1970

May Day protestors at the main gates

May 3, 1971

The Hoya: "Nixon May Address G.U. Commencement; Students Cry Foul"

January 19, 1973

Expenses

1973-1974

Black Student Alliance as pictured in Ye Domesday Booke

1974

Advertisement for the opening of the Center Pub

February 8, 1974

Georgetown Voice front page: "Ryan Axed; Henle Silent"

April 16, 1974

Flier for Black Awareness Week

April 1975

The Hoya article: "Henle Years Spur Debate"

October 22, 1975

Poster for University Center, Healy Hall Basement

1976

Campus in the snow

1977

Jan Karski as pictured in Ye Domesday Book

1977

President Timothy S. Healy, S.J.

1978

Dalai Lama visits campus

September 2, 1979

Cheerleaders

1980

Honorary degree ceremony for President of Egypt Anwar Sadat in Gaston Hall

1981

Darnall Cafeteria

1982

Honorary degree citation for Mother Teresa Bojaxhiu

May 30, 1982

Mother Teresa Bojaxhiu receives her honorary degree from President Timothy S. Healy, S.J.

May 30, 1982

First MBA graduating class

1983

Interior of Old North

1983

Georgetown Voice cover

April 26, 1983

Georgetown University Football 1984 media guide with drawings of Coach Edward Scott "Scotty" Glacken

1984

Audience for football game

1984-1985

Students walking in front of Copley Hall

1985

Otto Hentz, S.J., on the steps of Dahlgren Chapel

1986

Anti-Apartheid protest at the entrance to White-Gravenor

1986

Baseball field next to the Leavey Center

1991

Poster for Halloweek presented by the Georgetown Program Board

1993

Women's basketball team

1993-1994

Field hockey team

Field hockey team

1996

Senior Week poster

Senior Week poster

May 1996

Graduates

Graduates in front of Lauinger Library

1999

President Leo J. O'Donovan

President Leo J. O'Donovan at commencement

1999

Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Georgetown

Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Georgetown

2002

Poster for Club Lau

Poster for Club Lau in Lauinger Library

September 5, 2009

Acknowledgments: 

Curated by Lynn Conway, University Archivist, and Ann Galloway, Assistant University Archivist