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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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Jews at Hopkins: A Digital History

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Jews have had a long and largely successful relationship with Johns Hopkins University.  From the University's inception as a relatively welcoming, open-minded research university, to its large representation of Baltimore's Jewish community, many Jews have made Hopkins their home for four years.  This project exhibits different aspects of Jewish life across the University's history.  It gives a sense of what it meant for different students to be Jewish on campus, and how their identity affected other Jewish students and the University at large.

Activist Campus: Johns Hopkins University in the Age of Protest


During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University was, like many other American institutions of higher learning, beseiged by protests and calls for reform. Hopkins Students demanded changes across a broad spectrum of progressive interests, and university officials scrambled to respond to a constantly shifting set of priorities and circumstances. Students and administrators struggled and sought to find common ground on problems integral to the health and life of the university- coeducation, black student recruitment and organization, and military recruiting on campus-while other colleges and universities across the country and around the world were facing massive unrest and disruption. This exhibition will tell the story of how Johns Hopkins University, in the midst of a dire financial crisis and located in the midst of a Baltimore resistant to certain changes, sought to navigate through this era of rising social consciousness and student unrest.

Force of Destiny: The Rosa Ponselle Collection at Peabody


The leading operatic soprano of the 1920s and 1930s, Rosa Ponselle was an international star with a powerful voice and stage presence. This web exhibit by the Arthur Friedheim Library of the Peabody Institute outlines her career on stage, her retirement and life in Baltimore, and her legacy.

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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