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Archiving COVID-19

MHGS has started to archive materials related to the coronavirus pandemic in Sedgwick County.

How to help: Save and contribute items related to the pandemic or the stay-in-place order in Sedgwick County.  These can be signs, photographs, documents or other items. No Wichita Eagle articles, please.

  • Digital?  Email them to library@mhgswichita.org
  • Physical?  Hang on to them.  Depending on how long this lasts, we’ll either have you drop them off at the library when we reopen, or set up some sort of drop-off box on the library porch.

Here are my thoughts on how this will work:

Scope

Strictly, ruthlessly focused on Sedgwick County.  Even this is probably too big, but we’ll see.

Materials

  • Newspaper — I’m going to assume that the Wichita Eagle digital archive will be available in the future, and will not attempt to save Eagle articles
  • Facebook — I’m only preserving things that relate directly to Sedgwick County (like ad images for special takeout menus). Although it might be fascinating for future researchers, I don’t see any realistic way to preserve things like the comments on a post.
  • Radio and TV — I don’t know what to do about these.  In many cases, they are either reporting on the same things the paper is, or the story is based on an underlying source, like a press release, which I have been able to find and archive.  I am open to ideas here!
  • Websites — This is where I’m getting the bulk of my material so far.  Many organizations have created COVID-19 pages, and I will be taking periodic snapshots of these, as well as downloading any relevant supporting documents
  • Photographs — We need more images!  I’d like pictures of interesting signs, people, and places that show the impact of the pandemic or the stay-at-home order.

Coverage

A list of the organizations I am tracking (will be updated — suggestions welcome!):

  • Sedgwick County
  • City of Wichita
  • City of Haysville
  • City of Goddard
  • City of Park City
  • City of Valley Center
  • City of Bel Aire
  • City of Maize
  • City of Cheney
  • City of Derby
  • City of Clearwater
  • Wichita Public Schools
  • Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School
  • Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
  • Trinity Academy
  • Independent School
  • Collegiate School
  • Wichita State University
  • Newman University
  • Friends University
  • McConnell AFB
  • IAMAW
  • Regent Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare
  • Dillons Food Stores
  • The Cleaning Authority
  • Wichita Festivals/Riverfest
  • Music Theatre of Wichita
  • Union Rescue Mission
  • Kansas Humane Society
  • Wichita Art Museum
  • Vanya Designs
  • Wichita Chamber of Commerce

Formats

  • Webpages — I am using Chrome’s “Print to PDF” to create PDF files from individual web pages.  I investigated fancier web archiving techniques, but decided on the fast and simple approach, both to let me work quickly now, and also to simplify future archive maintenance and access.  These PDFs don’t preserve the exact layout of a website, but they do get all the text and most of the images (those carousel things where several images rotate automatically don’t get captured.)
  • Video — A challenge for next week.
  • Documents — So far, all the documents I’ve found are either PDF or DOCX, so I’m keeping them in their original format.  If something odd comes up, I’ll try to convert to PDF.
  • Images — As with documents, I’m keeping these in their original formats.

Availability

Currently, the digital archive is not publicly available. I don’t want there to be any chance that someone doing a Google search for, say,  information from the Wichita Public Schools, might accidentally land on one of our archived pages and miss the latest information on their page.  Once the pandemic has passed, we can open the archive for research.

If you need access now, email me at library@mhgswichita.org and I can set you up with temporary access.

Library Closed Until Further Notice

In compliance with the Sedgwick County stay-at-home order, and our own common sense, we have closed the library and cancelled all of our classes and meetings until further notice. We’ll let you know when we think it’s safe to start things up again.

In the meantime, perhaps this is a good week to start labeling photos or sorting that pile of miscellaneous research you’ve been ignoring?

Stay safe everyone!

Library Closed March 15 – March 30

We have decided to close the library from March 15 to March 30, except by appointment.  We will monitor conditions and make a decision about reopening as we get more information.

If you need to access the library during this time, please email library@mhgswichita.org and we’ll set up an appointment to open the library for you.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Stay healthy and go label some pictures!

New Books February 2020

Some additions to the library:

Call Number Date Author Title
G-K 045 1992 Knappe, Siegfried Soldat: reflections of a German soldier, 1936-1949
R-030 008 V 34-39 2013-2018 Desert Tracker (Formerly Sun City Genealogist)
R-050 019 Sutter’s Fort State Historical Monument
R-190 228 1899 Bartlett, Charles H. La Salle in the Valley of the St. Joseph
R-210 LY 18 1923 1923 The Re-Echo
R-210 LY 18 1924 1924 The Re-Echo
R-210 LY 18 1925 1925 The Re-Echo
R-210 LY 18 1926 1926 The Re-Echo
R-210 PL 08 #167-178 2017-2019 Tree Trackers
R-210 SG 250 N 01-50 Wichita Historical Panels
R-210 SG 250 N 51-100 Wichita Historical Panels
R-220 238 V 108 n -13 2010 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 108 n4 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 110 n 2 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 110 n 3-4 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 110 n1 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 111 n 1 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 111 n 2 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 111 n 3 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 111 n 4 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 112 n 1 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 112 n 2 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 112 n 3 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 112 n 4 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 113 n 1 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 113 n 2&3 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 113 n 4 2015 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-300 271 V 94 n3 2000 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 94 n4 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 95 n1 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 95 n2 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 95 n3 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 95 n4 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 96 n1 2001 Missouri Historical Review
R-600 093 2006 Schneider, Paul Brutal journey: the epic story of the first crossing of North America
R-631 077 1954 Logan, Shawnee Chief
R-670 269 V 1 Reynolds, Francis J. World’s War Events
R-670 269 V 2 Reynolds, Francis J. World’s War Events
R-670 269 V 3 Reynolds, Francis J. World’s War Events
R-670 270 1875 Van Horne, Thomas B. The Army of the Cumberland
R-670 271 1994 Brownstone, David M. Timelines of war: a chronology of warfare from 100,000 B.C. to the present
VB Hucker 01 Hucker, Linda Linda Hucker Collection
VB Hucker 02 Hucker, Linda Linda Hucker Collection

New Books January 2020

A few Wichita books, a few miscellaneous…

Call Number Date Author Title
G-H 164 1995 Harper, Paul F. The Temple of Fame: A Personal Biography of Lyman Underwood Humphrey
G-S 162 1990 Stites, James R. The Wichita Kid
R-210 MG 16 1988 Harper, Paul F. Surely It Floweth with Milk and Honey: A History of Montgomery County, Kansas to 1930
R-210 SG 207 1979 The Trail
R-210 SG 207 1992 The Trail
R-210 SG 246 2003 Price, Jay M. Wichita’s legacy of flight
R-210 SG 247 2011 Radiating like a stone: Wichita women and the 1970s feminist movement
R-210 SG 248 2005 Miner, H. Craig History of the University of Kansas, School of Medicine-Wichita: 1970-2003
R-210 SG 249 1985 Pedigree of champions: Boeing since 1916
R-600 055 V 103 National Genealogical Society quarterly
R-670 267 2006 Reid, Thomas, America’s fortress: a history of Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida
R-670 268 1950 Manucy, Albert C. Pages from the Past: A Pictorial History of Fort Jefferson

New Books December 2019

Short month, short list!

Call Number Date Author Title
R-631 073 2019 S Chokma Chickasaw Magazine
R-631 072 2018 W 2002 The Journal of Chickasaw history and culture
G-H 163 2019 Jackson, Jerry Families Are Forever: Peter Hammes, Sr. and Anna Rosalia Buch Family