History Online

History Online is a new series of seminars to explore freely accessible digital collections with archivists internationally. In the COVID and post-pandemic world, more primary-document research will be conducted via remote devices using new techniques. While upholding the rigors of responsible scholarship, what are the possibilities now available to scholars and students? With massive numbers of free-access collections globally going digital, how do we remain disciplined and targeted when searching, yet also let the information lead us to new findings? As with old-fashioned approaches, the archivists guide us to new understandings.


All meetings are conducted via Zoom. If you have a question or would like to attend a session, please email history.online2021@gmail.com.

Upcoming Sessions

Please check back soon for our next scheduled session.

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The National Archives & the UK Government Archive


Friday 13 November, 14:00-16:00 GMT via Zoom

This seminar focused on the Cold War and took us to the British National Archives in Kew Gardens, UK, to meet with Mark Dunton, Principal Records Specialist for Contemporary records. This workshop session highlighted the many digital resources which scholars can access in order to carry out extensive research in Cold War subjects to make new discoveries and gain new insights. 

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The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) Digital Archive and Related Online Resources


Friday 23 October, 14:00-16:00 GMT via Zoom

This seminar explored the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) digital
archive, and other official U.S. foreign relations documentation online with the Office of the Historian, Department of State.


The session was led by Michael McCoyer,
PhD (Northwestern, 2007), Joint Historian with the CIA, and Joseph Wicentowski, Ph.D.
(Harvard, 2007), Digital History Advisor.

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New On-Line Global Research Tactics for the Twenty-First Century


Monday 22 June, 17:00-19:00 GMT via Zoom

The first on-line session visited the Blinken Open Society Archives in Budapest with numerous documents and cultural items available from across governments and private enterprises in Eastern Europe and the United States, and the Rockefeller Archive Center in New York, a foundation archive with records pertaining to the United States in Latin America, China, Japan, and Europe. Participants accessed a working list of hundreds of archives with digital resources. This first two-hour “around the world” experience with two collections enabled students to learn both specific and general techniques for identifying and responsibly working with digital sources.

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