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COVID-19 and Archival Research: An Introduction

Jennifer Putzi, William & Mary In the winter of 2021 I became obsessed with a diary. While preparing to teach a first-year seminar on “American Women’s Diaries,” I discovered the 1868 diary of Frances Anne Rollin at the Smithsonian’s Digital … Continue reading

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Digitization and Pandemic Parenting

Pamela VanHaitsma, Penn State University I was in the late stage of research for my next book project when news of COVID-19’s arrival in the U.S. closed down universities, archives and, just as memorably, campus daycares. My project, tentatively titled … Continue reading

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A Stranger in the Archives

Eric Gardner, Saginaw State Valley University I long ago became that person who maxes out photocopying at physical archives. I want a piece of paper on anything even remotely of interest that I can annotate or sometimes just stare at. … Continue reading

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My COVID Librarian Hero

Caroline Wigginton, University of Mississippi One of my distinct pandemic memories is of sitting in my quiet office on an almost empty campus in October 2020, attempting to write but mostly mourning a cancelled long-term fellowship at a research library. … Continue reading

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Other People’s Labor

Jennifer S. Tuttle, University of New England In disrupting archival scholarship, the COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated its essential truths. One of the most obvious is the importance of in-person research. I have written elsewhere about how direct access to archival … Continue reading

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Our Search to Name the Native Women of the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls

Elizabeth Bailey (Cherokee Nation, Choctaw) Sara N. Beam Midge Dellinger (Muscogee (Creek) Nation)  Laura M. Stevens Nevin Shane Subramanian We are collaborative participants in an archival research project begun during the shut-down phase of the pandemic. Our authorial group includes … Continue reading

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Transcribing Terrell: Douglass Day 2021, Black Women, and Community

Courtney Murray, Penn State University After transcribing Anna Julia Cooper’s papers for Douglass Day 2020, the Douglass Day team sat in a Zoom room in Fall 2020 wondering how we could possibly plan a celebration in a pandemic. Many of … Continue reading

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“Are these poetic times?: A Reflection on Research, Archives, & The Role of the Black Scholar in the Time of COVID-19 and Racial Unrest

Shermaine M. Jones, Virginia Commonwealth University In January 2020, I returned to teaching from maternity leave. I was excited to be back in the classroom. Preparing my lesson and engaging with my students reminded me of my identity as a … Continue reading

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Do you have your own COVID-19 and Archival Research story?

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A Response to Baileys’ #reclaimhername: A Forum on the Challenges of Literary Recovery

In early August, the Women’s Prize for Fiction and their corporate sponsor Baileys (yes, Baileys of Irish cream liqueur fame) launched the Reclaim Her Name project, “25 books previously published under male pen names, with the real female authors’ names … Continue reading

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