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Joseph E. Jeffs Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS429

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Joseph E. Jeffs Papers contain correspondence between the former University Librarian at Georgetown University, Joseph E. Jeffs, and a number of scholars and writers. Among the significant individuals with whom Jeffs kept in contact are Ambassador William H. Taft, III, writer Yvonne Cloetta, and author Leopoldo Duran. There are also letters in the collection from Norman Mailer and Anthony Thwaite, as well as a collection of newspaper clippings on Graham Greene. Jeffs also collected numerous quotes written by various authors from their own works. 1 box (0.5 l.f.)


  • 1980 - 2004
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 2000

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Biographical note

Joseph E. Jeffs (b. 1924) served as the University Librarian at Georgetown University for 30 years. Joseph E. Jeffs was born on July 1, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1945, he studied in the American University at Biarritz, France. He earned a bachelor's of science degree from Georgetown University in 1949. Soon thereafter, he held the post of assistant librarian at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library. He obtained a master's of science in library science from Catholic University. Jeffs then worked for his alma mater on the library staff at Georgetown University Library from 1954 to 1960. In 1960, he became University Librarian. Over the years, Joseph. E. Jeffs built up Georgetown University's library. Under his direction, in 1970, Lauinger Library was constructed and the Special Collections and Archives Division of the library was established. In 1974, Jeffs was awarded the Vicennial medal for 20 years of service at Georgetown University. In 1983, on behalf of the library, he accepted the one millionth volume of Lauinger Library. A scholar in his own right, Jeffs edited "A Catalogue of Books on Asia Minor and the Turkish Ottoman Empire" (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Library, 1984). Joseph E. Jeffs retired from Georgetown University in 1990. He and his wife Jeannine have eight children, and four of their children graduated from Georgetown.

(Source: Georgetown University Archives Reference File)


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph E. Jeffs and Jeannine Jeffs, 12/14/2006.

Joseph E. Jeffs Papers
Meredith Manning. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
2009 October
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057