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COVID-19 Impact on GCAH

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AUGUST 2, 2021- The United Methodist Archives Center Wilson Reading Room reopened to researchers living in the United States strictly by appointment only on August 2, 2021. The reading room is open for use by members of the Drew University community. International visitors and researchers are not permitted to visit the Center in 2021. Prior to making a research trip, please contact Frances Lyons of the GCAH, flyons@gcah.org for archival research or Candace Reilly of Drew University, creilly1@drew.edu., for information on any required documentation or protocols upon arrival.

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March 24, 2021- Drew University Special Collections and the GCAH continue to monitor developments related to the pandemic. At this time the plan is to open by appointment-only on August 2, 2021 to members of the Drew community and researchers living within the United States of America. This plan is contingent on the infection rate in New Jersey and the United States. International visitors and researchers are not permitted to visit the Center in 202. 1Prior to planning a research trip, please be in conversation with Frances Lyons of the GCAH, flyons@gcah.org for archival research or Candace Reilly of Drew University, creilly1@drew.edu., about any needed documentation or protocols upon arrival.

January 26, 2021- The United Methodist Archives Center Wilson Reading Room remains closed to the public. The Center is located on the campus of Drew University and the public is not allowed access to the campus at present. Virtual research assistance is available by contacting the Reference Archivist at research@gcah.org or by telephone at (973) 408-3196.

GCAH will continue to update this information

SEPTEMBER 1- The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) will continue to operate via modified remote and in-person business practices until public authorities and Drew University (GCAH offices are located on the Drew University campus) deem it is safe to resume normal business practices onsite. 

On August 5, 2020, Drew University announced that the fall semester will be remote. The Archives Center will remain closed to the public.

Researchers wishing to access the archives should contact Frances Lyons at flyons@gcah.org.

MARCH 23- The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) will continue to operate via modified remote business practices until public authorities and Drew University (GCAH offices are located on the Drew University campus) deem it is safe to resume normal business practices onsite. 

In response to the mandate to adopt social distancing to "flatten the curve" on covid-19 infections, Drew University has announced it will continue its policy of offering services only via virtual instruction and remote business practices through at least the beginning of June (not April 3 as in the previous announcement).  Drew University changed the date for resumption of regular business onsite in response to public health offcials' recommendations and the further onsite staffing limitations required by New Jersey's Governor Murphy’s "Stay at Home" Executive Order announced March 21.

Please be assured that GCAH will remain operational during this period. Staff will continue to work remotely, responding to e-mail, phone calls and continuing various projects as remote operations permit. We appreciate your understanding that during this period staff will have limited access to resources.

As this is an always evolving situation, this notice will be updated as circumstances warrant.

If you have any questions, please contact gcah@gcah.org.

 

MARCH 16- Beginning Thursday, March 12 and continuing through Friday, April 3, the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) will function via remote business practices. This decision is a result of Drew University’s announcement to move to virtual instruction and primarily remote business practices through April 3.  Drew University, with the vast majority of educational institutions in New Jersey, following the guidance of public health officials, is adopting a practice of social distancing.  This entails restrictions related to campus buildings.  GCAH offices in the United Methodist Archives Center are located in the heart of the Drew University campus. 

Please be assured that GCAH will remain operational during this period. Staff will continue to work remotely, responding to e-mail, phone calls and continuing various projects as remote operations permit. We appreciate your understanding that during this period staff will have limited access to resources.

Though there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 on the Drew campus and, at the time of this writing, the public health risk in New Jersey is low, we acknowledge that spread is occurring in various parts of the country and this state. Our decision is consistent with New Jersey's Governor Murphy’s declaration  of a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency in the state of New Jersey, as well as the updated guidance from the CDC

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, this notice will be updated as circumstances warrant.

If you have any questions, please contact gcah@gcah.org.