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 […]


Evergreen Obscurus #2: The Hidden History of Charlotte Bellairs

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For today’s  post,  I would like to shed some light on Charlotte Doremus Pierson Garrett Bellairs (1872-1939) who was briefly married to Horatio Garrett, one of the three Garrett sons who grew up at Evergreen in the 1870s and 1880s.A fair amount is known about Horatio Garrett, middle child of Alice Whitridge Garrett (1851-1920) and […]


Evergreen Obscurus: The 10.5 Pound Turnip Edition

Evergreen House Resized

Greetings from Evergreen Museum & Library’s virtual office in my basement. For those of you new to us, the museum is housed in a 162-year-old Italianate mansion in the northern-most part of Baltimore City, about 2 miles from JHU’s Homewood campus. Evergreen was home to two generations of Baltimore’s Garrett family and is celebrated for […]


Sheridan Libraries launch the Peabody Ballroom Experience

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The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries are pleased to announce the Peabody Ballroom Experience, a new collaboration with Baltimore’s ballroom community, a performance-based art culture comprising gay, lesbian, trans, and gender non-conforming people of color. The project will host public workshops with special collections materials, film screenings, panel discussions, and dance workshops; conduct oral history […]


To Borrowers: Baltimore Libraries Large and Small

  We take for granted that library books should not be written in, altered, and tracked with barcodes (if we let them out of the library at all). But before the invention of modern security measures, or even of circulating libraries themselves, book owners went to great lengths to protect their libraries from coming to […]