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Reexamining Hopkins History

As America’s first research university, Johns Hopkins is committed to the pursuit of knowledge and to using the tools of academic research to understand and examine our own past. Under the auspices of Hopkins Retrospective and through our libraries and museums, Johns Hopkins University has undertaken several efforts to do so to date.

Through this initiative, we seek to explore and publicly present archival evidence related to Johns Hopkins University and the legacy of slavery. 

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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. The Hugh Hawkins Fellowships will enhance the undergraduate and graduate research experience by providing opportunities for original research in archival collections and for sharing this research with the public.

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Hopkins and the Great War

In September 2016, we launched a multi-campus program examining 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. 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."

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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Digital Exhibits on Hopkins History

Looking to learn more about Hopkins history? The Hopkins Retrospective program has facilitated the creation of online exhibits exploring different aspects of the history of our university. These exhibits, developed by students, archivists, curators, and historians, dig deep into specific aspects of our university's history and bring together historic photographs, documents, and interviews to tell the story of Hopkins in new and exciting ways.

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