Category Archives: Special Collections

History of the Library – Part I

Each year Hopkins welcomes new students and faculty who may not know the history behind one of the academic world’s most renowned libraries. So, sit back as we tell the story of the Hopkins library, from the very beginning. This … Continue reading

Hugh Hawkins Fellow Tiffany Brocke on Researching the History of Abortion in Baltimore

“I carry. I deliver. I raise. And I do it by myself.” This impassioned declaration was part of the story of Kathy S., a Baltimore woman who wrote about her experience getting an abortion in a 1972 issue of the … Continue reading

Pretty Sure You Didn’t Know This About Hopkins

You’re probably familiar with a lot of the JHU offices and centers; maybe you have visited the Office of Multicultural Affairs, checked equipment out of the Digital Media Center, or joined some of the more than 300 student organizations and … Continue reading

Be Fierce! Apply to Be a Freshman Fellow!

Special Collections is accepting applications for Freshman Fellows, a one-year fellowship exclusively for first-year students.   The program is designed to introduce students to the joys, challenges, and thrills involved in conducting research with primary sources. Limited to just four undergraduates, … Continue reading

Hugh Hawkins Fellow Michael Anfang on the History of Jewish Life at Hopkins

Growing up, I had never heard of Hopkins being a particularly Jewish school.  Jewish friends and family would always note the Jewish life at Penn, Columbia, or Cornell, and as I looked at colleges I took it as implied that … Continue reading

Shakespeare and Hamlet Through the Lens of Language: Final Reflection by Caroline West

Going on a college campus tour is a bit like watching a live-action commercial; by the end, it is not hard to feel as though you are being offered a product with the capacity to significantly improve your life. Of … Continue reading

My Freshman Fellows Experience

Enjoy this post by Kiana Boroumand, one of our Freshman Fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year! The last time I wrote a blog post, I had finished my first semester of college and finally narrowed down a research topic for … Continue reading

Library Tourism

At some point, we all travel and explore new places. While you’re globe-trotting, don’t forget to visit libraries! Seriously, some libraries are tourist attractions and well-worth a visit. Even the New York Times has recognized this insider’s tip! You could … Continue reading

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, Professor of Greek

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, Johns Hopkins’ first professor of Greek, was born in 1831 in Charleston, South Carolina, and was orphaned at a young age. Gildersleeve proved to be a precocious child who displayed a hunger for classical learning. His determination … Continue reading

Introducing Our Freshman Fellows: Faith Terry

For the past 5 months, I’ve been discovering what it means to be a student here at Hopkins. From the importance of academics and the shared sense of competition, to locating the steam tunnel entrances and avoiding the lines at … Continue reading