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COVID Collecting

Documenting the experiences of OSU communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and after

Project Description:

undefinedOSU’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) is documenting the experiences of the OSU and Corvallis communities during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a collection.  We understand that these are trying times for everyone and each response to stress is different.  We want to encourage collecting these thoughts, images, and throughout the entire course of the COVID-19 pandemic and aftermath, and therefore see the project lasting into 2021.  


The materials submitted will be used by SCARC as a part of its collections for research and exhibitions, and are protected by the library’s policies and procedures.  Materials collected will be organized according to accepted archival principles, which means the creation of metadata, finding aids, and full-text search interfaces required for the preservation and discovery of the materials in order to make the materials accessible to researchers and staff both in person and online.


Who can participate?

Anyone with connections to OSU, which we’re interpreting quite broadly!


OSU alumni, staff and faculty, students, and Bend, Corvallis, and Newport community members.  But also siblings, parents, and partners, and others connected through OSU programs like the Extension Service.


Why does this project matter?

The New York Times on why it is important to document your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Smithsonian Magazine on what we can learn from diaries during the 1918-1919 Flu pandemic and how we can apply these to our current recordings.

Processing Archivist

Support for our campus community:

We understand that these are difficult times for everyone, and everyone will have a different COVID-19 experience.  OSU has a variety of services available for its community members, including CAPS for students looking for counseling services and mindfulness mediation for students, faculty, and staff.  OSU employees seeking counseling services can contact the Employee Assistance Program at 800-433-2320.