USU Seeks Participants for U.S. Midterm Election Reflections

Utah State University Libraries seeks participants for the U.S. Midterm Election Reflections Project. The project aims to collect and preserve Northern Utahns’ reactions to the 2018 Midterm election. The project is a follow-up to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Reflections Project that garnered 233 reflections. 

Survey respondents are asked to share their personal reflections and reactions on the election, with the option to provide additional information about themselves. 

Randy Williams, folklorist and curator in USU’s Special Collections and Archives, Jennifer Duncan, head of Special Collections and Archives and Liz Woolcott, head of Cataloging and Metadata services, coordinate the project.

“This effort is part of the Libraries’ mission to gather and preserve the voices and perspectives of Northern Utah community members,” Williams said. “The project is an exciting way for people to share their reactions to the Midterm elections which will aid future researchers as they study the political climate of our time.”

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 7, participants can copy and paste something they have already shared on social media or compose a reflection and share at https://tinyurl.com/electionreflections2018.

“The perceptions provided by participants will help to create a snapshot in time of our unique Northern Utah culture and will allow others to see how reactions varied in different locations, between men and women, or by party, etc.,” noted Woolcott.

“Future researchers seeking to understand the diversity of the political culture of Utah will require more than vote count,” Duncan said. “The U.S. Midterm Election Reflections, along with the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Reflections, will provide context and personal reactions to vote tallies.”

You can access the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Reflections collection online at http://digital.lib.usu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16944coll31.


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