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George Fenwick, SJ papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS45

Scope and Contents

The George Fenwick, SJ Papers cover the period 1796-1887; the bulk of the materials date from 1815-1855. The collection contains materials written by, for, and to George Fenwick, a Jesuit priest who also served as professor and prefect of schools at Georgetown College. The George Fenwick, SJ Papers consist of poetry, sermons, correspondence, educational reports, and some printed materials. In addition to materials authored by Fenwick himself, there are letters and poems written to and for him.

Additional materials pertaining to George Fenwick, S.J. and the Fenwick family may be found in the Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus (Series 7.2 and Series 8.5).


  • 1796-1887
  • Majority of material found within 1815-1855


Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical / Historical

George Fenwick was born in Georgetown in 1801 to a prominent Catholic family. He attended Georgetown College and entered the Society of Jesus in 1815. Fenwick was among a group of Jesuit scholastics from the Maryland Province who studied in Rome between 1820 and 1829, where they were preparing for leadership positions within the Province. Following his return to the United States, Fenwick taught at Georgetown College and at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Fenwick died at Georgetown in 1857.


0.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

Multiple languages

Metadata Rights Declarations


Materials are arranged chronologically by material type.

Related Materials

Materials pertaining to George Fenwick, S.J. and the Fenwick family are also housed in the Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus:

Materials pertaining to George Fenwick's brothers, Enoch and Benedict Fenwick, are housed in the Catholic Historical Manuscripts Collection.

George Fenwick, SJ papers
Cassandra N. Berman
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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