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Defining Letters: The Correspondence of Daniel Coit Gilman


As the founding president of Johns Hopkins University, America's first research university, Daniel Coit Gilman's significance in the history of higher education is clear. As a nationally prominent educator and administrator, though, his influence and network of collaborators extended beyond the walls of academia.

The Daniel Coit Gilman papers document Gilman's wide range of interests and activities, including his travels in Europe and work as an attache in St. Petersburg (1854-55), his years working at Yale (1855-58), and his presidencies at the University of California (1872-75) and the Johns Hopkins University (1876-1902).

This exhibit highlights select items from the complete series of Gilman's digitized correspondence available from the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. Gilman's correspondents include prominent educators, scientists, politicians, and literary figures. You can explore the complete correspondence series here, and can learn more about the Daniel Coit Gilman papers here.

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Hopkins and the Great War

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Often dubbed “The War to End All Wars,” World War I (1914-1918) had a deep impact on Johns Hopkins University and its surrounding community.  When the United States entered the war in 1917, students and faculty enlisted as soldiers, intelligence officers, and medical personnel.  The university’s female patrons, faculty, and students traveled abroad to participate in nursing and war relief.  Before, during, and after America’s entry into the conflict, World War I challenged Hopkins intellectuals’ ideas about the international world order, the problem of war, and the role of the university and hospital in wartime.

This exploration of World War I at Hopkins draws together materials that demonstrate the war's impact on those who lived and worked on the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses. Explore materials from the Homewood campus, the hospital and School of Medicine, and the School of Nursing to understand the complex and far-reaching ways the Hopkins community both contributed to and was affected by this devastating global conflict.

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