Introducing Our Freshman Fellows: Lucy Massey

My name is Lucy Massey, and the focus of my Freshman Fellows project is to improve my Latin skills by translating a selection of rare texts from the George Peabody Library of The Sheridan Libraries. The piece I am currently working with is titled Encomium Somni, or In Praise of Sleep, by Christopher Hegendorff. Printed […]


Get Paid For Research This Summer with DURA

Want to do original research over the summer and get paid for it?  Apply for one of the  Sheridan Libraries’ Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA).  The awards are designed to stimulate and support undergraduate research in the humanities and social sciences that draw on primary source materials (rare books, manuscripts, and university archives) from the […]


Special Collections Welcomes Freshman Fellows!

For many, Special Collections is synonymous with a treasure house — something to safeguard, but not necessarily to use.  But where’s the fun with having super-cool things if no one can ever use them for research and inspiration? At the Sheridan Libraries, we are committed to generating interest in our rare holdings, be it through Halloween […]


A Festival of Edible Books? Preposterous!

Now is the time to grab a spatula and let out a primal scream for Read It and Eat It, our third annual edible book festival, is nigh! Our promotion of literacy and gluttony and whimsy will occur in the Glass Pavilion on March 31st from noon – 2:30. Did I mention eating cake? Because […]


I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost: The Henry Ridgely Evans Story!

Way before NYPL had their own foray into ghost busting, Baltimore’s own librarian-lawyer-journalist-mason-magic historian extraordinaire Henry Ridgely Evans (1861-1949) was on the scene. Ever interested in the paranormal (indeed, one newspaper account mentions that Evans “touched elbows and hobnobbed with spooks almost since infancy”), Evans embarked on a lifelong crusade to uncover fraud in the realms […]


Are You Ready to Read It and Eat It?

The Sheridan Libraries are hosting Read It and Eat It, our second annual Edible Book Festival, and we would like to invite all of our Hopkins friends to submit your very own literary-inspired cake to our food-for-all! The culinary event of the decade is happening in the Glass Pavilion on April 1st from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Eat […]


Dirty Books and Longing Looks: A Rare Books Open House!

“Wait. What? Dirty books? Didn’t you guys just clean the Peabody Library already?” No, not those kinds of dirty books, silly! We’re talking books that could make you blush, sigh, or long for what could have been if you’d only written down that blasted number properly. That’s right, for one night only we’re bringing to […]


Of Ephemeral Cats, Popish Plots, and the Baltimore Occult

Think Special Collections is only composed of fancy materials like Shakespeare folios or exquisite medieval books of hours? Well, think again! Students enrolled in the Intersession course “Cheap and (Not Too) Tawdry: An Exploration of Ephemera” had hands-on access to materials people do not always associate with the Special Collections, such as cheaply produced collections […]


Muttonchops at the Bat!

It’s baseball season in Baltimore! Huzzah! Huzzah? Yeah, the past decade or so was less than magical when it comes to the Orioles ability to, you know, win, but even the most dejected of O’s fans can rekindle their love for America’s pastime by looking at the old-timey goodness that is early baseball guidebooks at […]


Of Moles and Dreams and Napoleon’s Sinister Hand of Fate!

Have you ever, whilst undergoing a pique of ennui, wondered what Napoleon would have to say about your fate, or, while gazing at your reflection in a mirror, crying at the ravages of time, thought, “is this mole to blame for my life choices?” Solutions, fortunately, can be found for such sorrows in the chapbook […]