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Georgetown baseball game

Georgetown University Baseball Game (1911)

Who doesn’t love a good game of baseball? Here’s a great shot of a game being played on the Georgetown University grounds in 1900. Source: Georgetown University Library
Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, presents an honorary degree to Governor William S. Flynn of Rhode Island at the Georgetown University commencement. Pictured, left to right: Pierce Butler, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; President Coolidge; John B. Creeden, S.J., President of Georgetown University; Governor Flynn; Walter J. O'Connor, University Registrar; and Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J.

Photo of Georgetown University Commencement in 1924

Here’s a cool shot of the graduating class of 1924, taken from above. Source: Georgetown University Library And here’s President Coolidge presenting an honorary degree to Governor Flynn of Rhode Island. Source: Georgetown University Library
The Hall was named for Thomas Copley, S.J. (ca. 1595-1652). Among its many external decorations is a large Latin inscription on its middle gable which reads: 'Moribus Antiquis Res Stat Loyolaea Virisque.' This has been translated as: 'Loyola’s Fortune Still May Hope To Thrive, If Men and Mold Like Those of Old Survive.' The south gable bears the family crest of St. Ignatius Loyola who founded the Society of Jesus, the lily of the seal of the University of Paris where he was educated, and the seal of the Society of Jesus.

Georgetown’s Copley Hall in 1931

Here is a photo of the new Copley Hall in 1931. Source: Georgetown University Library
Members of Georgetown University’s track team, complete with running shoes, pose somewhat incongruously in front of the card catalog in Riggs Library

Sweet Georgetown Track Uniforms

Where can I get a sweet outfit like this? These polished gentlemen are not prisoners … they’re members of the Georgetown University track team in 1901. Source: Georgetown University Library

Classic 1937 Photo! Georgetown Student Gives the Middle Finger

I love this. Add some color, put it on Instagram or Facebook, and this happens today. Things never change. Source: Georgetown University Library
Analoston Island

Amazing 1874 View of Analoston and Aqueduct Bridge

This is awesome. Thanks to Georgetown University for this one. Source: Georgetown University Library
train advertisement - December 17th, 1877

Steamship From Georgetown to Philadelphia and Points North

Back in the 1870s, you could take a steamship from Georgetown all the way to Philadelphia, or even up to Boston. Below is an advertisement for Clyde’s New Express Line (not related to Clyde’s the restaurant...
Georgetown University from observatory (Library of Congress)

Scandal: Georgetown Dean’s Assistant Arrested for Embezzlement

That might be a headline that tricks you (if you’re not a frequent GoDC reader), but this was a juicy article we came across in the Washington Post from August 16th, 1903, almost 110 years ago....
waterfront view of Georgetown in the 1790s

William Corcoran: Georgetown Could Have Been Bigger Than Baltimore

That claim might come as  a shock to you, but the city’s most famous and wealthy resident of the 19th century, William Corcoran was asked his opinion about Georgetown’s prospects had the city of Washington not...
Aqueduct Bridge in the 1860s

[Correction] Not Georgetown’s Aqueduct Bridge in the 1860s

UPDATE: GoDCer Jerry has correctly pointed out that this is not the Aqueduct Bridge. The National Archives has mislabeled this and it’s actually the Pennsylvania Ave. bridge over Rock Creek. You can see it here. I...
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