The Georgetown Slavery Archive is a repository of materials relating to the Maryland Jesuits, Georgetown University, and slavery. This project was initiated by the Archives Subgroup of the Georgetown University Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.

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"This Charge for Servants Hire is very Large," 1833

1833 servant hire.pdf

This statement of the expenses of the college for 1833 reports $838 being spent for "servants hire" for the year. Many of those hired would have been…

A wedding gift for Mat, an enslaved person at the College, 1834


This college cash book records a payment of $5.00 given to Mat, an enslaved person, for his wedding on August 8, 1834.

Students at Georgetown College purchase "cloth for a servant," 1836

Cloth for Servant.pdf

The 1836 account of Robert L. And William B. Scott records their student fees and expenses. On September 15 they were charged for various items of…

Enslaved carpenters at Old North, 1815-1817


This accounting ledger entry shows a series of construction costs, including a payment for enslaved carpenters. Their owner Mr.Herard received $50.25…

Boarder James Kannady hires Zellam, an enslaved person at the College, 1799


In 1799, Georgetown College charged James Kannady for 20 days of boarding and 13 days of hire of Zellam, an enslaved person at the College. The hire…