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 […]

Join the #JHUMakesToys Challenge!

Model Viking Ship Cropped

The Sheridan Libraries Special Collections has an amazing collection of vintage games and toys, and we absolutely love coming up with fun events featuring these amusements, like our recent Women’s History Month Vintage Game Night. But how do we continue to share such delightful objects with you while we are all staying safe at home? […]

Play, Lady, Play

So, just what are you looking for when it comes to the ideal game? Do you want it to be an “eye-opening”, “uproariously funny,” “winterful of fun”? Then look no further because Special Collections has the most perfect game in the world for you: Pank-a-Squith! Pank-a-what? Pank-a-Squith is a pro-women’s suffrage board game in which […]

Love Me, Love My Vote?

“Love me, Love my Vote” proclaims a cherubim-faced little girl who is staring directly at the viewer and pointing proudly at her “votes for women” sash.  The postcard, designed by the popular commercial artist Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle for Wolf & Co.,  links sentiments of love with the sheer purity of women fully participating in democracy. […]