SMR: Digital Collections

Through DigitalGeorgetown, the Library provides online access to special collections, including collections that support the University's Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation initiatives. This page will be updated as more materials are available online.

  • Maryland Province Archives
    The Maryland Province Archive contains primary source material essential to the study of the Jesuits’ and Georgetown University’s connection to slavery. Among the most notable materials is documentation of the 1838 sale of 272 enslaved persons by the Maryland Province, proceeds of which benefited Georgetown College (now Georgetown University). The Library, with support from the Maryland Province, is currently digitizing pre-1900 materials in the Maryland Province Archives.

  • John McElroy, SJ Papers
    The Rev. John McElroy, SJ Papers contain Fr. McElroy's diaries and some correspondence, as well as early 19th century business records of Georgetown College.

  • Joseph P. Mobberly, SJ Papers
    The Joseph P. Mobberly, SJ Papers (1815-1827) consist of the remembrances, observations, and expositions of a Jesuit who worked principally as manager of St. Inigoes, a house and plantation in St. Mary’s County, and taught at Georgetown College.

  • Georgetown College Financial Records
    Entries scattered throughout pre-1863 volumes document the participation of the College in slavery and record expenses for slave provisions such as clothing and medicine, and wages paid for the employment of enslaved laborers and servants hired out by their owners.

  • Archives of Holy Trinity Church
    The Archives of Holy Trinity Church include financial administration, property management and renovation, church services and events, societies and sodalities, genealogical data, school records, and photographs.

In addition to DigitalGeorgetown, the Georgetown Slavery Archive is an online repository of materials relating to the Maryland Jesuits, Georgetown University, and slavery. Among the materials in the GSA are documents from the University Archives, Maryland Province Archives, and Library's Manuscript collections important to the study of slavery at Georgetown.