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About this collection

The Potomac Boat Club Photograph Collection documents competitive and social events at the Georgetown rowing club from its 1869 founding through the late-20th century.

 

The collection is composed primarily of photographs that include images of winning crew teams, practices and races on the Potomac River, celebrations such as annual oyster roasts, and images of the club’s two boat houses on the Georgetown waterfront (at 3141 and 3550 Water Street NW), as well as and a set of early 20th century architectural drawings of its current location. Also included are a selection of panoramic photographs of attendees at the club's annual social gatherings. Notable events documented in the collection include the burning of Dempsey's Boathouse in 1961, a 1936 flood of the Georgetown waterfront, and the sinking of the "Recreation" at the Club's annual regatta on August 14, 1904, which resulted in 10 deaths.

 

The collection was donated to the George Peabody Room Collection at Georgetown Neighborhood Library in 2015 and was digitized in its entirety and made available online in 2017.

 

Much of the collection is in the public domain. For those items still under copyright, in many cases it is assumed the images were created as works for hire for the Potomac Boat Club, but for other materials the rights holder cannot be positively identified.

 
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