Scribbling Women: The Changing Cover Art of Zitkála-Šá’s American Indian Stories

Posts in this series were written by undergraduate students in the spring 2020 Museums & Society class Scribbling Women: Gender, Writing, and the Archive. We used rare books, archival materials, and digital primary sources in the Sheridan Libraries’ collections to prompt and guide inquiries into the creation, reception, preservation, and legacy of texts from the 1820s through the 1930s […]


Hugh Hawkins Fellows Margo Peyton and Michael Healey: “Why is it Important to Study History?”

Today, we hear from Margo Peyton and Michael Healey about their experiences as Hugh Hawkins fellows! Funding provided by Hopkins Retrospective supported their research at the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions from June to August 2019. Margo and Michael then presented at an event for DURA and Hugh Hawkins […]


Meet our Freshman Fellows – Sarah Elbasheer

This blog post comes from one of our four Freshman Fellows, Sarah Elbasheer, who is researching the ways people valued books at and after the time of print, and how we treat those books today. [Click here to learn more about our Freshman Fellows program] The first time I stumbled across JHU’s “Cathedral of Books,” […]


Meet Freshman Fellow Taharat Sheikh

My name is Taharat Sheikh and I am one of four incredibly fortunate freshmen chosen to be a Special Collections Freshman Fellow. I plan to pursue a double major in Neuroscience and the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology though I am, by all accounts, a lover of the humanities at heart. It is precisely […]


Uncovered at the Peabody, Pt. I

Authored by: Neil Weijer, Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Premodern and Early Modern Studies Books can turn up in unlikely places, as anyone who has spent time wandering around a room musing “it was here somewhere…” is well aware. But in Special Collections, one might turn up inside (or on) another book as part of its binding. […]


Museum and Society Students visit Sheridan Libraries’ Conservation Labs

Recently Conservation & Preservation hosted two classes in the Sheridan Libraries’ Conservation Labs for the undergraduate Museums and Society course, Conservation of Material Culture: Art, Artifacts and Heritage Sites. Taught by Professor, and Objects Conservator, Lori Trusheim, the class introduces students to the fundamental aspects of conservation with a goal of understanding how conservation contributes […]


My Freshman Fellows Experience: Translating Renaissance Latin

Salvete! My name is Briana Joseph and I am a first year undergraduate double majoring in Neuroscience and Africana Studies. For my Freshman Fellows project I am translating Latin texts from the Renaissance era. The first piece I worked on translating with my mentor, Paul Espinosa, is a series of copperplate engravings by Jacob Hoefnagel […]


Want to Research Hopkins History This Summer? Apply by March 9 for a Hugh Hawkins Fellowship!

The Hopkins Retrospective program is now accepting applications for the Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowship for the Study of Hopkins History, a summer fellowship opportunity available to undergraduate and graduate students from any school of Hopkins. This fellowship is designed to give students the opportunity to explore an aspect of Hopkins history, digging into the university’s […]