Whether you are a student or faculty member, a member of the media, or simply interested in this subject, many questions have been raised over the last few months, especially as the restrictions on our previously normal lifestyle have increased or become protracted.
Historical research can be done in many ways, and conventionally, we had print collections, in books, journals, newspapers, microfilm, pamphlets, etc. at UW and elsewhere, to investigate. COVID-19 informed realities make the in person access a bit more dynamic, but there is much one can do online or in consultation with library staff.
Using some of the aforementioned examples, we have listed some databases that are useful in finding primary sources (the “voice” of the time you are interested in), and secondary sources, (historical treatments by others on your chosen subject).
Dr. Sarah I. Morris came to UW from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1911, and continued until 1933. She worked closely with Dr. Joseph Spragg Evans, one of the founding faculty members of the Medical School, devoting herself effectively to the medical and personal problems of the women students. She was instrumental in chronicling the shift from an academic institution to a militarized campus after American joined the war in 1917. Residence halls were converted to barracks; students were in Reserve Officers Training Corps, women students were transferred to the abandoned men’s fraternity houses. Routine classes were suspended or eliminated for drills. The Department of Student Health and its quarters were taken over. The Clinic Building and its equipment became the Army Dispensary; staff members were converted into army medical officers…the women students were not welcome in this militarized institution. Reorganization and help from wives of two faculty members was being handled on campus, when the epidemic struck.