Advancing original research, student engagement, and public humanities scholarship by connecting faculty, students, staff, and the larger Baltimore community to the Sheridan Libraries’ special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives.

The Tabb Center is a public-facing arm of Sheridan Libraries Special Collections, which houses a vast collection of rare books, oral histories, historic documents, and other materials. Highlights include the Roland Park Company Papers, the Queer Oral History collection, and over sixteen thousand images in our University Photograph Collection.

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The Tabb Center, established by President Ronald J. Daniels and Johns Hopkins University’s board of trustees, is named in honor of Winston Tabb for his enduring support of original scholarship.

Public Humanities Scholarship

We cultivate an exchange of knowledge between Johns Hopkins University and the larger Baltimore community through participatory action research, oral history initiatives, performance, community-based learning, exhibitions, and lectures. Working with a variety of publics and institutions, we collaboratively frame research questions, project design, and interpretation of special collections materials with the goal of generating social change.

Student Engagement and Teaching

We support a wide array of opportunities for students to engage with and add to our special collections materials, including courses taught through the Program in Museums and Society, the Freshman Fellows and DURA undergraduate research fellowships, and hands-on engagement, including the annual Edible Book Festival and vintage game nights.