Love at the Library

“Let your lover be dumpy or handsome or slim/ Young or old, you need care not a feather; /Just fill your ink-bottle up to the brim/ And write from these pages a letter.” Such wondrously poetic lines grace the cover of “The Mirror of Love,” a 19th century chapbook that was meant to inspire valentine […]


Meet Our Freshman Fellows: Kobi Khong on Historic Cookbooks

Thrifty Salad

Enjoy this post by Kobi Khong, one of our Special Collections Freshman Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year! Welcome one and welcome all, whether you be readers or eaters, librarians or pescatarians, academics or snack-ademics, I hope you’ll enjoy the cornucopia of knowledge that I’ve prepared for you today and leave with a belly full […]


Questions With Your Librarian: Heidi Herr

Heidi Herr

Who are you and what do you do? My name is Heidi Herr, and I am the librarian for English and Philosophy. I am also the Outreach Librarian for Special Collections, so I get to come up with fun ways to connect undergraduates with primary sources. Tell us a little about your background. I have […]


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. […]