When the Archives Shuttered
I am a Master student currently studying Environmental (more Agricultural at this point) History at Montana State University. My first year of grad school was nearly over when covid lockdowns began. That allowed my to do thesis reading, but I soon realized my niche topic would require extensive archival work. The information simply isn't digitized, leaving me to scramble and rework my project. Archives seem to be unmovable, always accessible, but covid managed to disrupt the "stable" grounds of history. Now that archives are opening up and I am vaccinated, I'm going on a 6,000 mile trip to finish this. History doesn't stop, but it can be shuttered.