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! […]


Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a plantation in Talbot County, Maryland, around 1818; the exact date of his birth was unknown to him, but he chose to celebrate it on February 14. In honor of his 200th birthday, we’re highlighting some of his many writings and speeches in the Special Collections Reading Room, […]


The Selfie Strikes Back

February 6, American Selfie exhibit opens February 7, Deborah Willis, “Locating the Self-Portrait in Postcard and Photobooth Imagery,” Mason Hall Auditorium, 5:30 pm Most of us take selfies for a variety of reasons: to commemorate an event, to share our everyday activities with friends, to record our presence in special places. Yes, selfies are also […]


Alexander Hamilton Exhibition Open at Homewood Museum

Alexander Hamilton has been dead for more than 200 years, but more people than ever know his name thanks to his near omnipresence in popular culture over the last decade. Now Homewood Museum is allowing guests an opportunity to explore the many facets of this fascinating Founding Father in its new exhibition, Alexander Hamilton: The Man […]


“Miss Minnie” in the Archives

The Hub reported last week that Minnie Hargrow, a longtime and beloved employee on Homewood Campus, passed away at the age of 96. Hargrow, known affectionately as “Miss Minnie” to the students, staff, faculty, and administrators who had the fortune of getting to know her, began her career at Hopkins as a cafeteria worker in the […]


Want to Research Hopkins History This Summer? Apply by March 9 for a Hugh Hawkins Fellowship!

The Hopkins Retrospective program is now accepting applications for the Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowship for the Study of Hopkins History, a summer fellowship opportunity available to undergraduate and graduate students from any school of Hopkins. This fellowship is designed to give students the opportunity to explore an aspect of Hopkins history, digging into the university’s […]


Baltimore Bird and Tulip Tree

The Baltimore Oriole is more than just our hometown baseball mascot.  English naturalist Mark Catesby published The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands in 1771; one of the handsome, hand-colored engravings features our own “Baltimore Bird.” This edition of Catesby’s ornithological and botanical masterpieces is the first to include an index based on the […]


Portrait of a Poet

There are two days during the year when you are bound to come across some version of the portrait above: Halloween, when we gather about us anything spooky, ghostly, ghastly, or tragic; and the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth in 1809, which is today. The source of this well-known image is actually a daguerreotype, […]