The United States, and the world at large, are in the midst of a unique historical event. Much like the pandemic of 1918, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life. Collecting, making available, and preserving the experiences of individuals and communities during the pandemic will provide researchers, scholars and the general public with valuable first-person accounts of how lives were impacted. Personal journals/diaries, photos, songs, poems, videos, oral histories, zines, and much more will provide a variety of perspectives and stories relating to the social, emotional, and intellectual experiences of individuals and groups.
Archivists from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison will share the projects launched by each of their institutions to document the students, faculty, staff, and communities outside of the university setting and how they were impacted by the pandemic. Each presenter will provide a variety of perspectives and stories relating to the social, emotional, and intellectual experiences of individuals and groups will provide an overview of their project, showcase types of materials collected thus far, discuss challenges and opportunities, and outline plans to continue documenting the pandemic.
How to Cite:
Bailey, G. & Nash, K. & Ballard, J. & Braun, J. L., (2021) “Documenting COVID-19: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities”, MAC Annual Meeting Presentations 2021(1).