Let There Be Light!

As our daylight hours dwindle, I am always reminded of Dylan Thomas. Not because he wrote “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” but because of his poem “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Thomas of course was writing of a much more permanent darkness, not the perennial shrinking of the day’s sunlit hours, but […]


The First-Generation College Student Oral History Project

Infographic showing 15% of JHU's Class of 2023 are first-generation college students

What does it feel like to be a first-generation college student at Johns Hopkins University? What does your journey look like? Where can you go for support? What are the types of challenges will you encounter? An initiative launched in 2018 by the University Archives seeks to answer these important questions. In the past two […]


A Spicy Take On Holiday Foods

Papri Chaat

Many thanks to our guest blogger Nandini Dey (political science, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences) for contributing these delicious Indian dishes, and a bit of history behind them! ‘Tis the start of the jolly season, signaled by the trees outside of the library on Keyser Quad being lit up, Have Yourself A Merry Little […]


New JHU Public Collection in Artstor: Chinese Public Health Campaign Slides 1950s-1970s

Slide depicting a female scientist looking into a microscope

Physically housed in the Sheridan Libraries’ Special Collections, the Johns Hopkins University: Chinese Public Health Campaign Slides 1950s-1970s collection is newly available digitally via Artstor. JHU faculty, students, and staff have access to Artstor and its more than 2.5 million images, as well as the 181,500+ images in the JHU Visual Resources collection. This Chinese […]


Recent Discoveries in Special Collections

A petition from the mid-1980s urging the University to divest from South Africa

To support its mission of preserving the past for future use, Sheridan Libraries Special Collections acquires rare and unique materials in lots of shapes and sizes. Many of our very large items are stored in “flat files,” or drawers built to accommodate oversized materials. (Flat files are a common way for architecture firms to store […]


Hopkins and Open Access

Hi again. The year has turned and it’s time to talk about Open Access again. Last year, Johns Hopkins faculty and administrators implemented the Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy, which asks faculty to make peer-reviewed journal articles for which they are the sole or corresponding author, openly available. Many faculty did so before we had a policy and continue to […]


Professional Development Day for JHU Grad Students & Postdocs

The JHU Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development Consortium is offering their second annual Professional Development Day! This is a FREE, full-day series of events featuring: 8 one-hour sessions covering a wide range of professional development skills (including 1 from the library about uniquely identifying yourself as an academic author). 9 twenty-minute mini-workshops on many topics […]