Research in the Era of COVID-19 II: Archives, Libraries, and the Study of the West

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August 5, 2020 to August 13, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Asian American History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Oral History

Research in the Era of COVID-19 II: Archives, Libraries, and the Study of the West

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 430-600 PM (EDT)

The current pandemic has transformed the life and work of colleges and universities around the world. Institutions of higher education shifted online; students, faculty, and staff departed campuses; libraries, archives, and special collections closed. Institutions also limited or prohibited faculty, staff, and student travel for conducting or presenting research.

Many of these closures, limitations, and prohibitions remain in place, and the future of research remains uncertain. Consequently, historians face a significant challenge: how to teach and conduct research with restricted movement, limited institutional support, and unpredictable access to libraries, archives, and special collections?

Librarians, archivists, and scholars responded in June with a webinar on online resources for research centered on the West. Now, we offer a second webinar on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 430-600 PM (EDT), featuring:

  • Gordon Chang (Stanford University) on The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project
  • Sam Herley (University of South Dakota) and Greg Thompson (University of Utah) on digital Indigenous oral history collections
  • Jackie Reese and Laurie Scrivener (University of Oklahoma) on how to make more of resources and collections at home institutions and libraries.

All interested students of the West are welcome. Registration is limited to 500 persons. A question-and-answer period will follow presentations. We will record the webinar for future reference.

Register in advance for this webinar:

  Or an H.323/SIP room system:

  H.323: (US West) (US East) (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad) (EMEA) (Australia) (Brazil) (Canada) (Japan)

  Meeting ID: 916 2930 0756

  Passcode: 29935154


  Passcode: 29935154

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Our first webinar (June 17, 2020) is available online in several formats:

A research guide and slide presentations for our first webinar are also available:


Questions? Contact J. Wendel Cox <>, Research & Learning Librarian, Dartmouth College.

Contact Info: 

J. Wendel Cox, Research & Learning Librarian, Dartmouth College