The Utah Digital Newspaper archive is a valuable resource for looking at how historical events were recorded in the news media in Utah. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic to Utah in March 2020, there was a compelling reason to examine news coverage during the 1918-1919 Spanish Influenza for relevant stories about the impacts & responses in Utah during that pandemic. This exhibit looks at the major events during the Spanish Influenza timeline in Utah and explores several additional topics in greater detail.  In particular, the ways in which the Spanish Influenza was politicized is reminiscent of the current politicization of COVID-19, and can be seen in various headlines throughout the exhibit. While viewing the exhibit, notice the similarities and differences between the two pandemics and the ways in which Utahn’s responses echo across a century.

To explore the response in Utah to the 1918-1919 Spanish Influenza pandemic, Utah Digital Newspapers allows you to search millions of newspaper articles and issues from across the state. The 1918 Flu Pandemic Newspapers collection features selected articles from Utah Digital Newspapers.

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For up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit COVID-19 Central @TheU, the Utah Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control. 


Exhibit developed by Logan Mitchell, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah

Additional research and writing by:
     Kallin Glauser, Digital Exhibits Assistant, Marriott Library, University of Utah
     Anna Neatrour, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Marriott Library, University of Utah
     Tina Kirkham, Digital Library Project Manager, Marriott Library, University of Utah
     Phillip M. Singer, Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, University of Utah

Exhibit direction and adaption by Rachel Wittmann, Digital Curation Librarian, University of Utah

This exhibit was published on September 28, 2020



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