A Brief History of Memorial Day

By Emily Sullivan, Historian This Memorial Day, we’re taking time to reflect on the history of this national holiday. Unlike other countries, whose national days of remembrance for military causalities commemorate a specific battle or the formal end of a …

What’s in a Name: A Brief History of Coronaviruses

By Mimi Eisen, Historian In 1931, veterinarians reported a new respiratory infection with a particularly high mortality rate—40 to 90 percent—in domesticated chickens in North Dakota. Diseases caused by similar pathogens would be documented in mice and pigs in the …

Digital Research Methods: Notes from the (Teleworking) Field

The COVID-19 public health emergency has underscored the importance of digital research. While many federal, state, and local archives and record collections remain closed, our historians have continued to work with legal clients to ensure that their time-sensitive investigations continue …

Cleaning Out the Closet: Are My Old Toys Valuable?

By Emily Sullivan, Historian Have you been trying to tackle spring cleaning while staying home? Maybe you’ve uncovered some forgotten treasures in the attic and basement and are wondering “Hey, are my old Star Wars toys worth anything?” The answer …