Love Me, Love My Vote?

“Love me, Love my Vote” proclaims a cherubim-faced little girl who is staring directly at the viewer and pointing proudly at her “votes for women” sash.  The postcard, designed by the popular commercial artist Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle for Wolf & Co.,  links sentiments of love with the sheer purity of women fully participating in democracy. […]


Love Notes from the Levy Sheet Music Collection

Sheet music "I Love A Piano"

The Lester Levy Sheet Music Collection comprises over 30,000 pieces of sheet music published between 1780 and 1980. Donated to the University by Lester Levy, the collection is renowned for its extensive survey of popular music—music that was mass produced for as large an audience as possible. Through the many songs in the collection, one […]


DURA and Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships

The Sheridan Libraries Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards, or DURA, are available for students working on research projects that draw on primary source materials in the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the Sheridan Libraries at JHU. These collections span 5,000 years of rare and unique objects and texts, from ancient cuneiform tablets and Egyptian […]


The Wuhan Coronavirus and Open Science

News about the Wuhan coronavirus moves quickly around the world and so does the science. Have you thought about how or why that science can travel so expeditiously around the globe? Many scientists – especially those who work in public health and environmental sciences – are keen to share their research efforts quickly and openly […]


Jan 1: Public Domain Day 2020

Flyer advertising free books

Last December we celebrated the first Public Domain Day in 20 years. Now they’re an annual event, like a birthday. On 1/1/2020, books, poems, music, and films published in 1924 in the US will enter the Public Domain. Why does that matter to you or anyone else? For one thing, it means that digital versions […]


Let There Be Light!

As our daylight hours dwindle, I am always reminded of Dylan Thomas. Not because he wrote “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” but because of his poem “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Thomas of course was writing of a much more permanent darkness, not the perennial shrinking of the day’s sunlit hours, but […]