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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

Women Champion Peace and Justice

Women Champion Peace and Justice Through Nonviolence

In celebration of Women’s History Month 2019, you are invited to view a new online exhibition honoring women who have led efforts to end violence and social injustice through peaceful mean

Esther Neira de Calvo: Women's Rights Advocate

Esther Neira de Calvo: Women's Rights Advocate

Esther Neira de Calvo (1890-1978) was a prominent Panamanian educator, women’s rights advocate, politician, and diplomat.

The Cottonian Bindings of Robert Southey

The Cottonian Bindings of Robert Southey (and Company)

A look at the Cottonian bindings in the library of Romantic poet Robert Southey, from one of Booth's student research assistants.

Not Just a Pretty Face

Not Just a Pretty Face

Images of women in the collections, and a visual literacy exercise.

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.