University Archives Services
The University Archives is the official repository for the publications and records of The George Washington University. Under the direction of University Archivist Christie Peterson, this program collects and preserves the University's administrative and social history, including the history of Mount Vernon Seminary and College and selected papers of faculty, alumni and students.
Materials available in the University Archives
The GW archives document the administration, departments, faculty, alumni, student life and publications of the George Washington University and its related organizations. There are several ways to find items of interest in the University Archives:
- Search for materials in the university archives using the search box at the left
- Browse the complete list of University Archives collections
- View the list of GW publications available in our reading room and online
Mount Vernon Seminary and College
The University Archives preserves and upholds the legacy of Mount Vernon Seminary and College, an all-women’s educational institution founded in 1875 and absorbed by the George Washington University in 1999. As the first school of higher education available to women in Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon Seminary and College have an important place in this city’s heritage, in higher education, and in American women’s history.
The University Archives is proud to care for more than 500 linear feet of material documenting the rich history of this illustrious institution, including a collection of publications available in our reading room. From the personal papers of notable women such as Marjorie Merriweather Post and Eleanor Lansing Dulles, to the records produced by students, faculty and staff over 124 years, the Mount Vernon Seminary and College Archives sustains the memories of its graduates and serves as an abundant resource for future scholars.
The GW and Foggy Bottm Historical Encyclopedia is a source for easily accessible information about The George Washington University and the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Articles in the encyclopedia were created by archives staff, but are no longer added to or actively maintained. Please contact us if you have questions about any of the articles.
How to Contribute to the Archives
The GW University Archives actively collects materials from GW academic and administrative units, as well as faculty, alumni and students. Please contact University Archivist Christie Peterson for additional information about what we collect and how to donate.