The Booth Family Center for Special Collections is located on the 5th floor Lauinger. Its staff are available to discuss research projects and help users find materials relevant to their needs.
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Lauinger Library is committed to protecting its staff and patrons from COVID 19 and will update its policies as health conditions changed. Booth Family Center for Special Collections is open to faculty, registered students, and staff by appointment only. Hours are limited, masks are required, and social distancing is practiced. We cannot accommodate drop ins.
Georgetown University's Rare Books collection originated with the founding of Georgetown College and includes books that influenced the early Jesuit missionaries, the administrators and instructors of the College, and its students. The Library has also collected some of well-known examples of slave narratives, antislavery literature, Civil War pamphlets, and ecclesiastical texts pertaining to race. A more complete bibliography is available upon request, of these wide-ranging printed materials.
This collection contains both anti-slavery and pro-slavery tracts, speeches and treatises regarding emancipation and Reconstruction, sermons, and battlefield remembrances.
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