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Catholic School Manuscript Book Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: GTM-000006

Scope and Contents

The Catholic School Manuscript Book Collection consists of sixty-two bound manuscript volumes, mostly of academic or devotional nature. The volumes have been grouped into five series by subject matter, due to the lack of other unifying characteristics: Series I, Theology and Philosophy; Series II, Mathematics, Science and Rhetoric; Series III, History, Literature and Law; Series IV, Devotional and Religious Works; Series V, Various School Texts. Although the Series divisions seem somewhat arbitrary, the present separation is based upon a loose hierarchy founded on the importance of the disciplines involved (using, in general, a nineteenth-century Jesuit point of view), or upon the seriousness of the particular text.

For the purposes of this division, Rhetoric covers composition, oratory and general literary studies; these texts make up part of the Second Series. Strictly grammatical texts and manuscript translations, however, are found in Series III. Also in the third Series, history is used in its broadest sense and includes biography. Finally, the rather subtle division between theological and religious works attempts to separate the theoretical and doctrinal texts, found in Series I, from the polemical or apologetic works, and from rules for religious observance and prayer books. These latter volumes make up Series IV.

Extent of Collection: 62 volumes in 8 boxes 3.75 linear feet Provenance: listed in each volume description; Most from Georgetown College Library and Riggs Library collections

Date Span: 1557 to 1876 Processed: 1 May 1985 by James Helminski

Note: Click on "External Documents" below for a link to the finding aid for the collection.


  • 1557 - 1876

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

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3.75 Linear Feet (8 Hollinger boxes (62 volumes))

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Custodial History

Transferred from Georgetown College Riggs Library collections. Individual volumes which have received conservation treatment are separated from their archival boxes (according to the original finding aid linked to this record) and stored in separate, custom phase boxes. These will be numbered sequentially, starting from the last archival box, number 8; see the list of containers below under "Physical Storage Information".

Catholic School Manuscript Book Collection
James Helminski
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository