Global Social Responses to Covid-19


Collected by: Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation

Archived since: Apr, 2020


The Global Social Responses to Covid-19 Web Archive is an initiative developed by librarians throughout the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation in partnership with librarians at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Hawaii, the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, and the University of Virginia. Created in March 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, the Archive documents regional, social responses to the pandemic, which are critical in understanding the scope of the pandemic’s humanitarian, socioeconomic, and cultural impact. With an emphasis on websites produced by underrepresented ethnicities and stateless groups, the Archive covers (but is not limited to): sites published by non-governmental organizations that focus on public health, humanitarian relief, and education; sites published by established and amateur artists in any realm of cultural production; sites published by local news sources; sites published by civil society across and representatives; and relevant blogs and social media pages. For more information about the Global Social Responses to Covid-19 Web Archive, see:

Teach311 + COVID-19


The Teach311 + COVID-19 Collective ( consists of educators, researchers, artists, students, and survivors spanning disciplinary and linguistic boundaries who study and teach about disasters. The Collective uses a collaborative process of research, learning and teaching to empathically inquire into crises of the past.

The work undertaken by this collective seeks to understand both the endurance and fragility of wisdom alongside the actions that constrain or mobilize scientific and technical knowledge. These objectives are guided by the original remit to examine the past in order to make meaning out of the enduring effects of and recovery from March 11, 2011, the disastrous aftermath of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters that occurred in Japan. Having begun with the support of Forum for the History of Science in Asia and SHOT Asia Network, the Collective continues this work in partnership with Nanyang Technology University (Singapore) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG).

The creation of pedagogically enriching material is carried through the Teach311 + COVID-19 Collective as students and scholars learn together—and with respect for those who have lived through disasters and endured trauma. Research and outreach are organized in tandem, around the goal of comprehending historical disasters in global Asia and beyond. The collaborations stemming from the Collective help to locate and responsibly amplify and learn from the voices of students and scholars located in the Global South or areas challenged by censorship, in order to help increase solidarity within and for the humanities.


Curious Coincidence: A journey to the origins of COVID-19

More than two years since the pandemic started, we still don’t know where the virus came from. Why is it so hard to find out its origin story, and why does the search matter? This is a 5-part podcast series about the search for answers to these questions.

Hosted by investigative reporter Antonio Regalado, Curious Coincidence dives into the mysterious origins of Covid-19 by examining China’s trade in wild animals, the labs doing sensitive research on dangerous pathogens, and questions of whether a lab accident may have touched off a global pandemic.


History of Medicine


Medical Historical Library


The Historical Library contains a large and unique collection of rare medical books, medical journals to 1920, pamphlets, prints, and photographs, as well as current works on the history of medicine.

The library was founded in 1941 by the donations of the extensive collections of Harvey Cushing, John F. Fulton, and Arnold C. Klebs. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over 300 medical incunabula.

The notable Clements C. Fry Print Collection has fine prints and drawings from the 16th century to the present on medical subjects by artists such as Gillray, the Cruikshanks, Hogarth, and Daumier. The Peter Parker Collection contains manuscripts of the 19th century medical missionary Peter Parker and paintings by the artist Lam-Qua of patients at Canton Hospital with pronounced pathological conditions. The Edward Clark Streeter Collection of Weights and Measures is one of the most comprehensive and extensive collections of its kind in the world. Parts of this collection are on permanent display throughout the Library.