Share Your Stories of the COVID-19 Outbreak

Newspaper at Homewood Cropped

  We hope everyone in the Johns Hopkins community, along with your family and friends, are fairing as well as can be hoped for during this time of extraordinary educational, professional, and personal uncertainty. The Sheridan Libraries’ Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives has launched a project to encourage Johns Hopkins University students, staff, and faculty to […]


Connecting Now to Then in JHU’s Web Archives

JHU BLM Demonstration Cropped

The protests and unrest sparked by the tragic death of George Floyd have caused me, like many Baltimore citizens and members of the Hopkins community, to reflect on the Uprising in April 2015 inspired by the death of Freddie Gray. It’s a moment that is seared into the memory of every Baltimorean who lived in […]


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 […]


“Miss Minnie” in the Archives

The Hub reported last week that Minnie Hargrow, a longtime and beloved employee on Homewood Campus, passed away at the age of 96. Hargrow, known affectionately as “Miss Minnie” to the students, staff, faculty, and administrators who had the fortune of getting to know her, began her career at Hopkins as a cafeteria worker in the […]


Digitized Daniel Coit Gilman correspondence now available

University Archives recently completed a project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (the granting arm of the National Archives) to digitize approximately 65,000 pages of letters received and sent by Daniel Coit Gilman. Gilman was Johns Hopkins University’s first president and is widely regarded as one of history’s most important education innovators. […]


The Risky Business of Photographing the Boer War

Written by Carla Ruas, Archives Assistant During the Second Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902), photographers had to work with slow cameras and heavy tripods, which left them at risk of getting shot and even killed. So instead of capturing the line of fire between the British Army and Dutch settlers, they preferred to focus […]


Building History in Baltimore and Beyond

You’ve seen the sign driving up University Parkway that marks Roland Park. You may even live there, or know someone who does. Hopefully you have been following our blog posts about the processing of the Roland Park Company Papers. Now you can learn even more! Join us on April 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the […]