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1876-Today
History and Politics Seminar, Hopkins Hall, Old Campus, circa 1887
Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships for the Study of Hopkins History

Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate or graduate students from any school at Johns Hopkins who wish to conduct research into an aspect of the rich history of Johns Hopkins University. Fellowship recipients are notified in the spring and conduct their research over the summer. A fellowship award of $3500 is given to each recipient, intended to be used as a cost-of-living stipend to support awardees who will remain resident in Baltimore for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer (May-August) of their research fellowship.

Special consideration will be given to projects exploring the history of diversity at Johns Hopkins or that propose a final product rooted in the digital humanities. The Hugh Hawkins Fellowships will enhance the undergraduate and graduate research experience by providing opportunities for original research in historical collections and for sharing research with the public.

Each fellowship recipient will work closely with a faculty mentor and an archivist mentor during the fellowship.

Fellowship recipients’ work will be preserved in the Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives of the Sheridan Libraries, creating a rich, continually growing, and publicly available body of original scholarship that will serve as a valuable resource for generations to come.

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Hopkins and the Great War

In September 2016, we begin a multi-campus exploration of World War I's effect on the early 20th century Johns Hopkins community: the Homewood campus; the School of Nursing; the Johns Hopkins Hospital; and the schools of Medicine and Public Health. Visit the exhibits, attend events, and explore the comprehensive online exhibit to learn the stories of remarkable individuals as well as the struggles and experiences shared by many in the Hopkins community as they confronted "The War to End All Wars."

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Hopkins History Checklist

Want to get your hands on even more Hopkins history? We've compiled a list of ways to explore Hopkins history across our campuses and online. If you complete every item on our checklist, you’re guaranteed to amaze your Blue Jay friends with your newfound knowledge! If you have your own favorite Hopkins history sites that are not on this list, let us know about them so we can share them with the community.

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Alumni Archives Project

What was it like when you were a student at Hopkins?  Student experience is one of the most dynamic aspects of Hopkins’ history and we don’t know nearly enough about it. Students have played a major role in the governance, culture, and trajectory of Hopkins history, and we need your help in improving our documentation of student life. The University Archives is eager to collect materials and memories from former students. 

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A Sense of Place: Hidden Stories of the Homewood Campus

In 2014, students from the Hopkins Program in Museums and Society explored the history of the Homewood campus alongside experts in heritage studies. In a hands-on, exploratory course, they developed "A Sense of Place," a series of ten interpretive signs that highlight locations around campus and explain their significance in Hopkins and Baltimore history. The signs, produced through a partnership with environmental design students at the Maryland Institute College of Art, were installed in September 2014.

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Oral Histories

The Hopkins Oral History initiative aims to better understand and share the history of the Johns Hopkins University through recording, transcribing, and preserving oral histories with members of the Hopkins community and by making these oral histories available to the public. We also seek to increase visibility and accessibility of existing oral history collections relating to the history of Hopkins that have been collected by various departments. Watch this space for updates as we gather new oral histories and share them here.

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The History of Student Life at Johns Hopkins

The student experience is an integral part of Hopkins history.  The Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives, with the Office of the President, launched an initiative in which students developed the university’s archival holdings on the student experience and produced a digital exhibit on aspects of student life in the university’s history.

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