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HIST 3370 Guelph Local Impact of The 1918 & 20 Influenza Pandemic Paper


The purpose of this assignment is to examine the local impact of the 1918-20 Influenza pandemic, specifically on the University of Guelph campus. Using a selection of digitized issues of The O.A.C. Review, a campus publication produced by the Ontario Agricultural College, you will construct a narrative that outlines how the pandemic unfolded on campus and the various responses to it. Then, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your own experiences as a student during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they compare to what students at the University of Guelph faced in 1918-20.


The only source you need to consult for this assignment is The O.A.C. Review, which is available in a digital format:The O.A.C. Review  (…)It is recommended that you restrict your searching to issues published between November 1918 and April 1920. When viewing each issue, to expedite the search process, on your keyboard use the ctrl+f search function (hold down the ctrl and f buttons at the same time and then you can search by keyword within the document). Consider trying appropriate keywords such as influenza, pandemic, flu, Spanish, etc.

Through your keyword searches, make note of any articles that pertain to the Influenza pandemic and the University of Guelph. You can save issues of The O.A.C. Review on your device, take screenshots of the articles, or transcribe them in a word processing document.

After you have thoroughly searched The O.A.C. Review, complete/answer the following:

  1. Construct a timeline and briefly discuss key moments and events on campus concerning the 1918-20 Influenza pandemic.

How did university administrators respond to the pandemic?

How did the pandemic change life on campus for University of Guelph students?

How was the pandemic “framed” in The O.A.C. Review (ie. how did the magazine’s authors talk about and describe what was happening?) What did they consider worthy of coverage in the magazine?

  1. Reflect on your own experiences as a student during the COVID-19 pandemic. In what ways are your experiences similar and different to those of students at the University of Guelph in 1918-20?


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