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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

Washington Irving: Diplomat

Washington Irving: Diplomat

In addition to being a prolific author, Washington Irving (1783-1859) had a distinguished career as a U. S. diplomat. We have his letter book from his time as U.S. Minister to Spain.
"...Useful In Any Way"

"...Useful In Any Way"

In the 19th century it was not uncommon for the U.S. President to attend the Georgetown College commencement—not to speak, but to hand out diplomas and prizes to students.

John Glenn Visits Georgetown

John Glenn Visits Georgetown

On January 11, 1963, barely a year after his historic orbit of Earth, John Glenn spent a day at Georgetown University.
Danny Lyon and the Destruction of Lower Manhattan

Danny Lyon and The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

American photographer Danny Lyon (1942­—) captured images of structures that were going to be destroyed to make space for expansion in Lower Manhattan in 1967.
Thanksgiving Football Game 1894

Georgetown's Thanksgiving Football Game, 1894

Georgetown traditionally played a football game on Thanksgiving Day. In 1894, the opponent was the Columbia Athletic Club (C.A.C.).
Nocturnal Cathedral

Nocturnal Cathedral

November 4 is the birthday of artist Eugene Berman (American, born Russia, 1899 – 1972).
Planning the Panama Railroad

Planning the Panama Railroad

Before the Panama Canal, there was a Panama Railroad.
One Person's Waste...

One Person's Waste is Another Person's Treasure!!

Bookbinders often used “waste” material from broken books or discarded sheets to help make new ones.
My Dear Miss Crowe...

My Dear Miss Crowe...

Study of a primary source such as a letter or diary is not just about performing research. You are interacting with the past. Consider this letter written by Christina Rossetti to a Miss Crowe regarding a forthcoming visit to the Victoria Press.
Open and Shut

Open and Shut

One of the aspects I enjoy most about working in the University Archives is the occasional unexpected little find that I come across, serendipitously, while on the hunt for something else. This photo is an example of one of those finds.

A History Painter's Self-Portrait

A History Painter's Self-Portrait

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the German-born history painter Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, whose monumental painting Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Emanuel Leutze was also a talented portrait painter.