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History is happening now. In the future, scholars will look back on this time to learn about individuals’ and societies’ responses to a worldwide pandemic. While archived news and internet sites will be essential primary sources, the day-to-day, mundane, social, and emotional experiences of individuals can get lost in the fray.
The University Archives invites you to help us document and preserve our communities' experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. GVSU students, faculty, staff, and community members who are interested in contributing are asked to journal about their experiences and thoughts through this unprecedented time. The Archives will gather these materials together in an online digital collection, as a contribution to the historical documentation of these events.
Questions can be directed to Annie Benefiel, University Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best way to start journaling for the University Archives is in a Google Doc or MS Word document. Journal entries can take any form--you can record short thoughts, longer essays, stream of consciousness, poems, photos, etc. These prompts below are ideas to help stimulate your thoughts, but you can write about whatever you like. Important information for historians will include times and dates of events, observations, and entries, names of geographic locations, organizations, or people, and other factual information that provides context to your entries.
Please do not include any personal information, aside from names, of any individuals including yourself. Personal information includes addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.
Submissions of short video, audio recordings, and important images are also being accepted. Be sure to fill out as much descriptive information as you can in the submission form to enable their later discovery and use in our digital collections.
*Please read the terms and conditions before submitting your journal. You may submit via URL or file upload.
By submitting your journal to the University Archives, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions: