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 […]

Murder Most Foul: A Lecture on March 26th

Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose is arguably the most famous medieval murder mystery. Both the book and the film were hits, and did much to bring attention to the lives of medieval monks. But, as with most things, truth is often stranger than fiction. Join us on March 26th at 5:15 p.m. in […]

An Exciting New Chapter in Baltimore’s Urban Development Story

Part of a monthly series of posts highlighting uncovered items of note, and the archival process brought to bear on these items, as we preserve, arrange, and describe the Roland Park Company Archives. Special Collections was delighted to learn last month that we have been awarded a “Hidden Collections” grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources […]