HathiTrust ETAS Ending Monday, August 16

As of August 16, Hopkins students, faculty, and staff will again be able to browse library stacks and check out books. With the expectation that the university will be substantially back to normal this fall, the Johns Hopkins Libraries will turn off the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) on Monday, August 16, 2021. This […]

Sheet Music Deep Dive: Titanic


The 1912 sinking of the Titanic immediately caught the attention of the world press. It also came during an era of sheet music production that constantly churned out new songs related to world events— elections, celebrities, disasters. Therefore, it is no surprise that the tragedy made its way onto numerous sheet music covers. Some of […]

Sheet Music Deep Dive: Sophie Tucker

Rather than exploring a subject heading in the Lester Levy Sheet Music Collection, this week’s deep dive is a celebration of Sophie Tucker, the self-billed “Last of the Red Hot Mamas.” Tucker was an early vaudeville star at the turn of the century, enjoying a diverse career until her death in 1966. Born in modern […]

Meet the JHU Museums 2021 Summer Interns

The Johns Hopkins University Museums welcomed two interns for the summer of 2021. At Homewood Museum, rising senior Elizabeth Sheehan was selected as this year’s Pinkard-Bolton intern. The Pinkard-Bolton Internship Program provides Johns Hopkins undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain significant understanding of the museum profession through paid work at Homewood Museum, a National […]

Sheet Music Deep Dive: Mountains


Now that summer is in full swing and national parks are seeing spikes in visitors, this week’s sheet music deep dive is dedicated to mountains and trails (not to be confused with volcanoes, which have already been featured on the blog). Often, songs with ornate covers didn’t feature any text (the flowers category is a […]

Sheet Music Deep Dive: Napoleon

Napoleon Bonaparte

Bastille Day is coming up next week, and although the Levy Sheet Music Collection doesn’t have any songs related to the French holiday, there are at least a dozen inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). One of the earliest songs in the collection depicting Napoleon is the Marsailles Hymn, now the national anthem of France. While […]

Sheet Music Deep Dive: Fireworks


Fireworks have been around since the Han Dynasty in China (200 B.C.E.), when hollow bamboo sticks were thrown into fires to expand and eventually explode. Chemicals were soon added to create colorful effects, and fireworks made their way to Europe via the Silk Road. In addition to dozens of songs celebrating Independence Day in the […]

Sheet Music Deep Dive: Parrots


Animal lovers have been keeping birds as pets for hundreds if not thousands of years—they can be found throughout history from Egyptian hieroglyphs to homing pigeons, and in White House families from George Washington to Lyndon B. Johnson. Parrots in particular have been among the most popular birds to keep as pets, making their way […]