Teaching, research, and the archiving and sharing of significant historical document collections are the three pillars of our mission at the Utica College Center for Historical Research. We serve students, academic and non-academic historians alike. Through various outreach activities we endeavor to bring campus and community together to foster a greater understanding of the historical condition and its global importance.
We fulfill our mission through various avenues:
In early 2015, the Center for Historical Research began the Digital History Project to collect and curate a digital archive of the Mohawk Valley's diverse history. We accept a wide variety of materials: personal correspondence, photographs, business records, journals, diaries, and many other types of historical artifacts. After each collection is digitized, we return all submissions and provide the owner with free digital copies. Click here to learn how you can help preserve the Mohawk Valley's history for future generations.
On the second Wednesday of every month (while classes are in session), we welcome a speaker to present his or her research to the UC community. Presentations are not limited to a specific geographic location or period of time; rather, our goal is to foster an intellectual dialogue on a wide variety of topics. The talks are free and open to the public. Click here to see a list of previous speakers.
Annually, the Center hosts a day long symposium to commemorate a major historical event. Click here to see photos from our most recent symposium.
World War I @ 100
The Voting Rights Act @ 50
Pearl Harbor @ 75
Working in conjunction with the Utica College Department of History, the Center sponsors various talks in celebration of history themed months. Previously, we have welcomed scholars from a diverse range of academic interests to celebrate Black History Month, Womens History Month, LGBT History Month, and Native American History Month. Click here to view a previous list of speakers.
In 2014, the Center for Historical Research partnered with Oneida-Herkimer-Madison County BOCES to form the annual Teacher Training Institute. Utica College history professors offer local Social Studies teachers additional training in locating and incorporating primary sources into his or her curriculum. Topics have included World War I and the American Civil War.