A Vintage Vegetarian Thanksgiving Brought to You by Nut Turkey

Nut Turkey

Meat substitutes are having a bit of a moment, with popular products like the Beyond Burger introducing more and more people to plant-based meals.  But “fake meat” is nothing new at all! An abundance of American 19th and early 20th century vegetarian recipes can be discovered in the historic cookbooks of Special Collections. Called “mock […]


Meet Our 2020-2021 Freshman Fellows!

Freshman Fellows

The Special Collections Freshman Fellows program began in 2016 as an enriching and fun introduction to the challenges and joys of conducting research with primary sources. Students in the fellowship embarked on fantastic research journeys ranging from the history of student housing at Hopkins to the forgotten stories that ephemera can reveal about the women’s […]


JHU Class of 2024: Apply to Be a Freshman Fellow!

Freshman Fellow

Special Collections is accepting applications for Freshman Fellows, a one-year fellowship exclusively available to members of the JHU Class of 2024! 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, Freshman Fellows provides its scholars with support by pairing […]


Let’s Make a Model Village With The #JHUMakesToys Challenge!

A Model Village

Time still flies, even when you are under quarantine. We are now about to embark on our 5th #JHUMakesToys Challenge! Last week, we attempted to avoid the  intrusion of creepy dolls in our lives by constructing a sailing ship. It worked! We now just have to deal with the judging eyes of snarky flamingos. Wait. […]


Drive Away from Creepy Dolls with the #JHUMAKESTOYS Challenge

Matchbook Racing Car Cropped

Last week, our #JHUMAKESTOYS challenge threatened to open the gates to the nearest hellmouth by potentially unleashing an army of handmade dolls ready to the haunt the homes of unsuspecting Blue Jays.  Fortunately, this humble toy-maker can attest that the crisis was averted.  The doll I created was just one sandwich away from reviving the […]


Make a Creepy Doll with the #JHUMAKESTOYS Challenge!

Matchstick Doll Cropped

Last week, we launched a fun Instagram challenge called #JHUMakesToys. Our very first challenge was to make a Viking ship! Here is my interpretation. Behold the mighty and fierce Sea Hund, with the brave Andy Warhol and his trusty can of soup at its helm! Wait, what? A toy-making challenge? Let’s recap! Special Collections recently […]