A Walk on the Wild Side

By Keyi YinFreshman Year has ended, along with my time in the Special Collections as part of the Freshman Fellows. I’ve undergone a lot of changes throughout this year.  I changed my major to Biophysics and gained a sense of personal independence.  As a Freshman Fellow, I learned a greater appreciation for the past and […]


Curiosities in Special Collections

My time at Hopkins so far has been built off discovery. Discovering what it’s like to live in the States, discovering my ideal study places around the campus and the best food places in Charles Village, and discovering old and rare books at the Special Collections. Alongside my intended major of Molecular and Cellular Biology, […]


Hamlet, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, and the Eastern Bloc

Caroline West is an international studies major from Chattanooga, TN. She considers the Special Collections to be the perfect place to engage her various passions, which include history, politics, art, Shakespeare, and language.  Zora Neale Hurston, American novelist, once wrote that “nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person.” A […]


Infrared at Evergreen – No Goggles Needed

Please join us at the Evergreen Museum & Library for an exhibition entitled, An Invisible World Made Visible: The Infrared Landscapes of Phyllis Arbesman Berger. It runs through September 11, 2016 and is included with guided museum tour admission: 11am–4pm Tuesday–Friday, noon–4pm Saturday–Sunday (last tour departs at 3pm). Visitors can expect to be transported in time, to […]


Drawing and Believing: Blindfolds and Blind Faith

by Alicia Puglionesi, PhD Recipient (History of Medicine) and former fellow, Special Collections Research Center In Drawing and Believing, part 1, we met George Albert Smith, a British psychic medium, and the drawings that he supposedly produced using his telepathic powers. Those drawings would lead to a long argument between William James and Simon Newcomb on […]


What’s Happening in Special Collections this Summer?

Let’s face it – on these beautiful summer days, it can be hard to force ourselves to come inside. Whether your office has windows or not, nothing can quite compare to being out in the sunshine. That is, until the mercury hits the 90s and the humidity and heat index are off the charts. Luckily, […]


John Pendleton Kennedy: Author, Statesman, Patriot

The following blog post was written by David Farris of The Sheridan Libraries Reserves Department. While a graduate student at the Peabody Institute, David worked as a student employee at the Peabody Library. There, he spearheaded a project to identify and inventory all of the titles included in the gift by John Pendleton Kennedy. John […]