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, from Fr. John Carroll
March 30, 1787
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)
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)
Program from Georgetown College's first commencement showing the names of graduates Charles and George Dinnies of New York
Excerpt from student rule book
"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."
Georgetown College campus with the South Building to the left and the North Building to the right
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 Brother Thomas Gavan
"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 and Robert Macaire
May 31, 1855
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
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, requisitioning campus buildings "for Hospital accommodation" (Rev. John Early, S.J. Papers)
August 31, 1862
Paroled prisoner pass issued at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, to Augustine W. Neale C1860
April 10, 1865
Poem by student Warren Chism complaining about the quality of campus food
With explanatory notes added by Georgetown Archivist Francis Barnum, S.J., in 1899.
Page from baseball score book for the Quickstep Base Ball Club of Georgetown College
October 26, 1869
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 of the University of Georgetown
June 4, 1872
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.
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
From the Georgetown College Journal.
“A Reminiscence of the War” by an “Old Student”
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.
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
Document recording the gift of a day's work by carpenters and laborers working on Healy Hall
December 24, 1888
Laying of the cornerstone of Dahlgren Chapel with Mulledy Hall and the South Building seen in the background
Menu from dinner held after the consecration of the Chapel of the Sacred heart (Dahlgren Memorial Chapel)
June 9, 1893
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
Program from the 1900 Paris Olympics brought back by Georgetown sprinter Arthur Duffy/Duffey
July 14-15, 1900
Varsity boathouse and varsity crew
Pictured in the Georgetown College Journal. The boathouse, located at the foot of 32nd Street on government property, was used between 1901 and 1904.
Application by Lillian Neale Welker to the Georgetown University Hospital Training School for Nurses
November 22, 1903
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
Invitation to the dedication of the E. Francis Riggs Memorial Maternity Department of the Georgetown University Hospital
May 1, 1912
Letter from Lieutenant W. G. McNulty (A.B. 1914), Somewhere in France
October 12, 1917
Published in the Georgetown College Journal, January 1918.
First class in the School of Foreign Service
Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., is seen standing to the right.
Memorial Tribute to Ivan Jones White who was killed in the Knickerbocker Theater disaster
From Ye Domesday Booke.
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 at the Carlton Hotel, Washington, D.C.
April 13, 1928
Announcement of the appointment of Richard C. Law, S.J. as Chief Air Raid Warden for Campus
February 3, 1942
Football players (Bob Noppinger, Bugs, Thompson, Bill Fisher, John McGinn, Gino Pagluicia, Frank Mattingly, Bill McCarthy, Dick Losh)
Honorary degree citation for Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the German Federal Republic
April 7, 1953
Inaugural Ball in honor of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower held in McDonough Gymnasium
January 20, 1953
Ticket to Inaugural Ball in honor of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower held in McDonough Gymnasium
January 20, 1953
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
Memo from the Vice President for Medical Center Affairs William Maloney, S.J., re permission to marry for Nursing students
December 16, 1959
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
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson at the inauguration of Gerard J. Campbell, S.J., as University President
December 3, 1964
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
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 University News Service release re the wearing of pantsuit uniforms by nurses at the Georgetown University Hospital
November 5, 1970
Mother Teresa Bojaxhiu receives her honorary degree from President Timothy S. Healy, S.J.
May 30, 1982
Georgetown University Football 1984 media guide with drawings of Coach Edward Scott "Scotty" Glacken
Curated by Lynn Conway, University Archivist, and Ann Galloway, Assistant University Archivist