- The philanthropist after whom the university in Baltimore was named. He is included on the Quaker Ancestors page because his ancestors were Quakers.
See the "Johns Hopkins family collection, 1691-1971" at Johns Hopkins University.
Here is the collection description: "Johns Hopkins was a Baltimore merchant and philanthropist. He was born in Anne Arundel County, MD, May 19, 1795, the son of Samuel and Hannah Janney Hopkins. In 1812, Hopkins moved to Baltimore where he was employed in his uncle Gerard's wholesale grocery business. He later formed a wholesale provision house, "Hopkins Brothers," with his brothers Philip, Gerard, and Mahlon. Through further investments and lending, Hopkins amassed a private fortune, part of which was left as a bequest to fund the university and hospital in Baltimore which bears his name. John Hopkins died Aug. 24, 1867.
This artificial collection contains legal documents, letters, photographs, and printed material by or about Johns Hopkins and his ancestors. Earliest papers are legal documents such as land deeds, wills, and the marriage contract of Hopkins's parents. Also 1807 indenture apprenticing two boys to Samuel Hopkins. There are letters(1826-40) of Hopkins's mother Hannah Janney Hopkins and the family bible recording birth and death dates. The papers of Johns Hopkins are largely personal letters he wrote including letters (1855) to Emily Turpin, letters (1858-61) to Margaret Beyere and some concerning his business Hopkins Bros. & Co. There are photographs of Hopkins and reminiscences, newspaper clippings, and genealogical material.
Additional material about Johns Hopkins can be found in the John C. French Papers Ms. 70 and the Johns Hopkins University Collection Ms. 137 S.1. Records of his firm Hopkins Bros. & Co. are in the McGill Papers Ms. 43. All three collections are housed in Special Collections, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University.
The register to the collection is available on The Johns Hopkins University Gopher. Unpublished register available in the repository.
Preferred Citation: Johns Hopkins Family Collection Ms. 78, Special Collections, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University.
Permission to publish materials must be requested in writing from the Manuscripts Librarian, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. 21218."