The Spirit of ’68

 1968 was marked by war and protest, tragedy and revolution—a year around which a whole era of political turmoil, cultural change, and social unrest turned. So much happened in one year, including: The Tet Offensive and the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. The “Prague Spring” liberalizations in Czechoslovakia, followed by the Soviet invasion. The assassination […]


Uncovered at the Peabody, Pt. I

Authored by: Neil Weijer, Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Premodern and Early Modern Studies Books can turn up in unlikely places, as anyone who has spent time wandering around a room musing “it was here somewhere…” is well aware. But in Special Collections, one might turn up inside (or on) another book as part of its binding. […]


Museum and Society Students visit Sheridan Libraries’ Conservation Labs

Recently Conservation & Preservation hosted two classes in the Sheridan Libraries’ Conservation Labs for the undergraduate Museums and Society course, Conservation of Material Culture: Art, Artifacts and Heritage Sites. Taught by Professor, and Objects Conservator, Lori Trusheim, the class introduces students to the fundamental aspects of conservation with a goal of understanding how conservation contributes […]


Hopkins’ Spring Fair, A History

As Spring Fair gets under way, here’s a look back at the origins of the annual event. The first Spring Fair took place April 21-23, 1972, an entirely student-run festival. From the earliest days, it has been organized and run by the undergraduate student body, with cooperation from campus offices providing electricity, water, and security. It still serves as […]


Read It And Eat It 2018 Edible Book Fest

Now is the time to grab a spatula and let out a primal scream for Read It and Eat It, our fourth annual edible book festival, is nigh! Our promotion of literacy and gluttony and whimsy will occur in the Glass Pavilion on Friday, April 6th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Did I mention eating cake? […]


Have You Visited the George Peabody Library?

Check out the March 16th article in Time Magazine on why Google is celebrating George Peabody, the ‘father of modern philanthropy.’” Interested in exploring our wonderful and unique special collections? Looking for a quiet and beautiful space to study? Would you like to step back into the nineteenth century? If you answered yes to any […]


Ephemera at the World’s Fair

The Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center is pleased to host “Downfall of the Exhibition: Ephemera and Opposition at the Crystal Palace,” a presentation by Jo Briggs, Associate Curator of 18th- and 19th- Century Art at the Walters Art Museum. Please join us on Wednesday, March 7, 5:15 pm, in the Macksey Room, Brody Learning […]


My Freshman Fellows Experience: Translating Renaissance Latin

Salvete! My name is Briana Joseph and I am a first year undergraduate double majoring in Neuroscience and Africana Studies. For my Freshman Fellows project I am translating Latin texts from the Renaissance era. The first piece I worked on translating with my mentor, Paul Espinosa, is a series of copperplate engravings by Jacob Hoefnagel […]


My Life As A Library Page

This is my brief account of how I (a book lover) turned a childhood passion into a lifelong career. It all began in 1972 when I was twelve years old; I was now eligible to apply for my first library card from the public library and could check out up to ten books at one time! […]