Category Archives: Student Spotlight

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 … Continue reading

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) … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

A Camera Snapping on D-Level: Photographing the Sheridan Libraries

The Sheridan Libraries hired two undergraduate photography interns to document a year in the life of the libraries. The undergraduates are John Belanger, JHU ’14 and Eric Chen, JHU ’16. Below are Eric’s thoughts regarding his work on the documentary … Continue reading

Photographing the Sheridan Libraries: An Exploration of Space and Composition

The Sheridan Libraries hired two undergraduate photography interns to document a year in the life of the libraries. The undergraduates are John Belanger, JHU ’14 and Eric Chen, JHU ’16. Below are John’s thoughts regarding his work on the documentary … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Selected to Taste: The 18th- & 19th-C Reception of Still Lifes from Pompeian Frescoes

Shana O’Connell (History of Art) is a graduate student in the Interdepartmental PhD program in Archaeology. Currently working on her dissertation in the cool confines of Special Collections she has spent less-temperate summers in the past traveling in Italy and … Continue reading

Drawing and Believing: Questions of Draftsmanship in 19th c. Psychic Science

by Alicia Puglionesi, Ph.D Candidate in the History of Medicine It was important to draw well in nineteenth-century America, at least if you hoped to appear cultured and refined. Drawing belonged to the set of impractical but socially-valuable skills cultivated … Continue reading