Uncertainty in the Archives
History housed at Hopkins can be found at several locations. While the Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives keep most official university records at Homewood, other collections contain materials donated by scholars or acquired by librarians. The following is a sampling of other holdings (More details can be found on the Special Collections Web site):
The Rare Book Collection: Eisenhower Library holds more than 48,000 volumes dating from the late 1400s, with manuscripts going back to the ninth century. Most of the books, some special editions, focus on the humanities. Strong areas include English literature, notably a Tudor and Stuart collection. Among the holdings: a first edition of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species.
The John Work Garrett Library: Another nearly 30,000 volumes are located off-campus at Evergreen House, where Garrett collected most of the works. Featured are ornithological books, including John James Audubon's "double elephant folio" edition of the Birds of America. Classic English literature and colonial American writers are also featured.
The George Peabody Library: Endowed by Peabody, the 252,000-volume collection at 17 E. Mount Vernon Place contains a unique large map collection, including military maps from the Revolutionary, Mexican/American, and Civil Wars. Strengths include English and American literature, Romance languages, archaeology, and exploration and travel. --JC
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