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Pocket watch of alumnus Andrew F. Gaffey, C'25, circa 1922, University Art Collection

Blog Posts from the Booth Family Center for Special Collections

Commedia dell'arte and Japanese Woodblock Prints

Commedia dell'arte and Japanese Woodblock Prints

Without the capability of reproducing prints, Iowa born artist Bertha Boynton Lum would have never combined the French subjects of Commedia dell'arte in the style of Japanese woodblock prints.

The Far Side of the Moon

The Far Side of the Moon

One of the more unusual objects in the University Archives is a lunar globe from the Soviet era.

New North, Old North. New South, ?

New North, Old North. New South, ?

We have an Old North and a New North and we have a New South, so shouldn't there logically be or have been an "Old" South as well?

3 Cheers for Georgetown

3 Cheers for Georgetown

Any Georgetown student or alum can probably sing the "Alma Mater" or the "Georgetown Fight Song" in their sleep. But what about such ditties as the “Hipper Dipper," the “Ray-Cheer," or, my personal favorite, the “Short Yell"? Never fear, dear Hoyas!

Lemonstration!

Lemonstration!

The University Archivist explains the lemon in the Archives.

Blue Bird

Blue Bird

While cataloging the University Art Collection’s 509 German movie posters this summer, I came across this 1977 poster for the film The Blue Bird (released in East Germany as Der blaue Vogel).

"I Fancy Myself a Little Better Looking"

"I Fancy Myself a Little Better Looking"

The year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass (circa February 1818 - February 20, 1895). Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper featured an interview and image of Douglass in 1879.

Discovering Alexandra David-Neel

Discovering Alexandra David-Neel

A manuscripts archivist finds letters in the collections from Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969), described variously as explorer, Buddhist spiritualist, writer and anarchist.

The Junior Yard

The Junior Yard

The University Archivist picks a favorite from the Archives' 200,000 images.

Shoe Shop Ledger Yields Serendipitous Football Fact

Shoemaker's Shop Ledger Yields Serendipitous Football Fact

A reasearcher stumbles on a football-related entry from October 1844.

"Your Friend and Relation"

"Your Friend and Relation": Dolley Madison's Letter to General Zachary Taylor

On June 8, 1846, Dolley penned a letter from Washington, D.C. to General Zachary Taylor in Matamoros, Mexico.

Print Room

Print Room

On February 28, the Art Collection was invited to participate in a Maker Hub workshop on linocut printing.