Welcome to George Peabody Library's Wunderkammer!

From dandies in danger to the lusty dramas of educated fleas, the George Peabody Library proves that the past was indeed STRANGE! Visit us in Baltimore (don't worry, in addition to the strange things depicted here, we also have plenty of old and rare and classy books, too).

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9am -5pm; Friday 9-3

Address: 17 East Mount Vernon Place Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-234-4943

Libguide: http://bit.ly/g1UsTk

Email: hherr1@jhu.edu

The Baltimore Book Festival starts today and runs through Sunday, September 28! Alas, due to renovation work on the Washington Monument, the Book Festival will be held at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Johns Hopkins University Press and the George Peabody Library will be a hosting a variety of events, including the ever-popular JHUP book sale, in the Visitor Center.  Browse our schedule!

(Photos taken at last year’s Book Festival by our wonderful photography intern Eric Chen!)


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Study at our place and look all fancy! And while you are at it, try to figure out how those wacky card catalogs work!

The Smart Set was an important literary journal featuring short works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce, amongst other 20th century literary luminaries.  And, the covers are pretty awesome, to boot! Sassy flappers whose hair embodies flaming youth, the well-heeled admiring abstract art, and the sullen masses sunk by the weight of life, literature, and wit!  We have issues of all The Smart Sets edited by H.L. Mencken, sage of Baltimore, at the Peabody Library!

Photographs by our undergraduate photography intern Eric Chen showcasing student life at the Sheridan Libraries!

Absolutely beautiful photographs of Hopkins libraries, including the John Work Garrett Library, the Brody Learning Commons, and the MSE Library all taken by one of our undergraduate photography interns, John Belanger!

Presenting Louisa Cullen, a forgotten woman of genius!  One of our more recent acquisitions is Louisa Cullen’s scrapbook, assembled around 1876 in New England.  Cullen added her own original artwork to the various postcards, photographs, and other novelties she included in her scrapbook. Some of our favorite inclusions are “Tom the Creepy Cat” and her initials which are spelt out via grotesques!

Behold the amazing cats of Dame Wiggins of Lee!  They rescue lambs and are rewarded with ham! They frolic on ice! They terrorize geese! They paint portraits!

The story of Dame Wiggins was very popular in the 19th century.  Our copy at the Peabody is ultra cool because it was printed right here in Baltimore in 1836 and features charmingly crude hand-colored engravings!

Dig this! A bunch of writers and artists in Fells Point got together and created a chapbook based on works at the Peabody Library!  According to one of the contributors, copies were sold for a dime each on April Fools Day!  We are hoping to add the awesome and ribald chapbook to our permanent collection!

Wild America at the Peabody Library!  A sparrow, perhaps hearing about our stellar collection of 18th and 19th century natural history books, decided to hang out in the library.  And then decided to never leave, no doubt because we were feeding her apple slices and cookie crumbs. But catch her we did due to her love of reading, snatching her behind one of our copies of Twain’s The Notorious Jumping Frog and Other Stories.  Successfully captured, we released her into the wilds of Baltimore, where she quickly relieved herself atop the statue of George Peabody, and easily found her way to a very welcoming branch.