Although the instructional aspects of my internship have essentially ended, I have been able to dive into the digitized collections on IU Archives Online to do research for blog posts of any of the collections they recently fully digitized. It’s amazing that even though the Archives’ physical location is closed, people can still access so much rich IU history! I have been looking closely at all sorts of collections from all eras of IU’s story, from social clubs to administrative records, political groups, and personal papers.
In these crazy times I feel the need to stop and appreciate the way technology has allowed archive repositories small and large to provide access to items that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to, both during typical times and during a pandemic. I can still see and learn so much from the comfort of my own home, provided I have access to good wifi of course (a final barrier to access that we as a society still need to address). Additionally, the amount of access that a repository can give depends on their levels of funding and support of course. Take the chance to check out the local archives near you and see what they have to offer!
Anyways, I am off to dive back in to the finding aids! Bye!