Collections: Special Topics and Strengths

Important areas within Special Collection, with information on library resources and other research resources.

Scope of the Collection

celectial map in color from the Hinkes Collection The Dr. Elliott and Eileen Hinkes Collection of Books of Scientific Discovery

You can browse the whole collection online, in the libraries' catalog.


The Collector

  • Elliott Hinkes was a graduate of Johns Hopkins (A&S 1964, Medicine 1967)
  • Practicing oncologist in Los Angeles
  • Collected books in the history of science during the last decades of his life
  • Took courses in astronomy and physics to inform his collecting.
  • Bequeathed his splendid collection (valued at over $2 million) to The Sheridan Libraries at his death in 2009.
  • Hopkins Magazine profile of Dr. Elliott Hinkes and his collection.


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