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 […]


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 […]


Pokémon Student Art: From Digital to Dry-Erase Canvas

The JHU campus is teeming with Pokémon GO players. Recently, the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSEL) staff stumbled upon two students, Rohith Bhethanabotla and Conan Chen, who were freehand drawing Pokémon characters in one of the Brody Learning Commons (BLC) study rooms. I sat down with these two to find out what inspired them 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 […]


Looking Back: The Class of 1915

By Rachel Shavel, A&S ’18, Hopkins Retrospective Student Assistant We here at Hopkins Retrospective love throwbacks—it’s what we do best! With graduation on the horizon, we thought we’d provide you with the ultimate 100-year throwback post. Welcome to Hopkins in 1915: a Hopkins with no Internet, no cell phones, and no undergraduate women. A world […]


Women at Hopkins: Trailblazers since the 1870s

By Rachel Shavel, A&S ’18, Hopkins Retrospective Student Assistant As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Hopkins Retrospective would like to recognize the many women who have made Hopkins great. From the first women on campus, to groundbreaking faculty members, to graduates representing JHU in the field, the hospital, and on bookshelves, we’re proud of what […]


French Pamphlet Project

The following was written by Jena Whitaker, a 3rd year graduate student in the French section of the German and Romance Languages department. Jena was hired to inventory JHU’s holdings in rare and ephemeral pamphlets from the French Revolution. This year, the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University have been partnering with a consortium of […]