Author Archives: Hannah Miller

A clerk for the Attorney General in 1865

1865 was the beginning of the Reconstruction Era of American History.  The Civil War had ended, President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated and President Andrew Johnson was trying to rebuild and unify America.  Washington, DC became the converging ground where parties debated numerous issues, such as:  voting rights, war crimes and building infrastructure.  An unusual participant in America’s political history during this time was Walt Whitman, who would later become well known for his poetry and less for the part he played in American politics.  

Whitman worked as a clerk in the Attorney General’s office from 1865-1873. The National Archives announced that it has recently discovered 3,000 documents relating to Whitman’s work in Washington, DC.  The documents were found by Kenneth M. Price, a professor of English and co-director of the Walt Whitman Archives.  The find illuminates not only this moment in American history, but what might have shaped the thoughts of Walt Whitman as well.

Law Student Notes from the 1940s

Available in Special Collections is the George W. Peterson Papers. This collection of class notes and course materials comes from the note pad of George W. Peterson (L’ 1942).  His notes detail classes such as Civil Procedure, Common Law Actions, Equity and Real Property II from before WWII.  His was a time without computers, a time when note taking captured the essence of legal learning.  George Peterson’s collection opens a unique window into the 1940s student experience at Georgetown Law.  To learn more about this collection, please see the George W. Peterson Papers web page.  You can also come by Special Collections (Williams Library, 2nd Floor, Room 210) to view the collection in person.

McLaughlin Brothers Manuscript Collection Now Open in Special Collections

Newly opened and ready for viewing is the McLaughlin Brothers Manuscript Collection. The collection is composed of personal letters, written by brothers William Law McLaughlin (C’ 1882, L’1884) and Daniel Joseph McLaughlin (C’ 1888) during their studies at Georgetown Law in the late 1800s. The Collection is a unique look at student life at Georgetown. After law school both brothers went on to practice law in Deadwood, South Dakota. To learn more about this unique collection, please see the McLaughlin Brothers Collection page. You can also stop by Special Collections to request to view the collection in person.

 Newly opened and ready for viewing is the McLaughlin Brothers manuscript collection. The collection is composed of personal letters, written by brothers William Law McLaughlin and Daniel Joseph McLaughlin during their studies at Georgetown Law in the late 1800s. The Collection is a unique look at student life at Georgetown. After law school both brothers went on to practice law in Deadwood, South Dakota. To learn more about this unique collection, please see the McLaughlin Brothers Collection page. You can also stop by Special Collections to request to view the collection in person.