Our Initiatives are core parts of what we do. They guide the research, collaboration, and outreach we conduct with our community. Explore any of the initiatives below to better understand Johns Hopkins history and how you are a part of it.
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.Explore Exhibitions
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.Engage in Research
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.Listen to Oral Histories
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.Learn More