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Civil War and Georgetown University

This guide is intended as a starting point for finding research materials relating to the impact of the Civil War on what was then Georgetown College.



Federal Troops standing on the Virginia shore looking toward Georgetown




Federal Troops on the Virginia side of the Potomac, with Georgetown's campus seen at the top left, ca. 1863



This guide highlights primary and secondary sources available in the University Archives for research into intersections between the Civil War and Georgetown College. Where these resources are available online, this is indicated. However, researchers should anticipate spending more time working with physical records than digital surrogates. Use the links in gray to the left to navigate through the content of this guide. Note that a timeline of significant events relating to the War and the University is included.

The University Archives is located in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections on the 5th floor of Georgetown’s Lauinger Library. The Booth Family Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Reference inquiries may be made in person, by telephone (202-687-7631) or via our email form.

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