Published Date

March 21, 2021


Archives, Current Events in Historical Context, Material Culture, Medicine, Science, & Technology, State & Local (US)

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United States

The entries in this section of the bibliography feature collecting projects that document individual and community experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic across the United States. While there are hundreds of US collection projects currently in progress, the initiatives listed below (organized by state) have either partial or entire collections available online. This vetted list of collecting initiatives speaks to the range of institutions that are actively and conscientiously engaged in the preservation of this unique historical moment.

For a more expansive list of current US projects that have not yet made their materials available to the public, please see the Collecting Initiatives folder in our Historians and COVID-19 Zotero library. The 200+ collection projects featured in the Zotero library are tagged by state, institution type, collection type, and availability. Entries listed with a red dot are available now, while the entries without one have collections that are either coming soon or whose availability is unknown. The initiatives selected for inclusion in the Zotero library comply with responsible and ethical documentation practices.

For a global, unvetted list of collecting projects please see the International Federation for Public History’s “Mapping Public History Projects about COVID 19.”

Kodiak History Museum, The Day by Day Project, Kodiak

Arizona State University, A Journal of the Plague Year, Tempe

Central Arkansas Library System, Roberts Library, Documenting Arkansas’s COVID-19 Pandemic, Little Rock

California Historical Society, Tell Your Story-California During the Time of COVID-19, San Francisco
Hayward Area Historical Society, Five Item Challenge, Hayward

Denver Public Library, COVID Collection, Denver

Connecticut Historical Society, Documenting Connecticut During COVID, Hartford
Greenwich Historical Society, Document Greenwich, Cos Cob

Delaware Historical Society, COVID Chronicles Delaware, Wilmington

District of Columbia
DC Public Library, Archive This Moment DC, Washington
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, #MomentsofResilience, Washington
DC History Center, In Real Time: Collecting Current Events, Washington

Matheson History Museum, COVID-19 Community Archive, Gainesville
University of West Florida, COVID-19: The UWF Perspective, Pensacola

Atlanta History Center, Corona Collective, Atlanta
Dekalb History Center, The COVID-19 Chronicles, Dekalb

Idaho Historical Society, Idaho History at Home, Boise

Cook Memorial Public Library District, CMPLD COVID-19 Digital Archive, Vernon Hills and Libertyville
Loyola University Chicago, Loyolans During the COVID-19 Crisis, Chicago
Poplar Creek Public Library District, COVID-19 Digital Collection, Streamwood

Indiana Historical Society, Telling Your Story: Documenting COVID-19 in Indiana, Indianapolis
IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, The Covid-19 Oral History Project, Indianapolis
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Anabaptist History Today, Elkhart

University of New Orleans, The Ethel and Herman L. Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies,  Covid-19 Archive: New Orleans Collection, New Orleans

Bangor Public Library, Bangor Area COVID-19 Community Archives Project, Bangor
Belfast Free Library, Covid-19 Community Archives, Belfast
Bowdoin College Library, Documenting Bowdoin and Covid-19, Brunswick
College of the Atlantic Archives, COA COVID-19 Community Archive Project, Bar Harbor
Hartland Public Library, Newport Cultural Center, Pittsfield Public Library, Skowhegan Free Public Library, and Thompson Free Library, Heart of Maine Emergency Archive, Dover-Foxcroft
Maine Historical Society, Maine Memory Network: My Maine Stories, Portland
McArthur Public Library, the Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center, and the Biddeford Historical Society, Biddeford COVID-19 Community Archive, Biddeford
Norway Memorial Library and West Paris Public Library, Western Maine Foothills Community Archive, West Paris
Ogunquit Memorial Library, Covid-19 Archive, Ogunquit
Patten Free Library, How’s Your Week Going? Share your Covid-19 Story, Bath
Portland Public Library, Isolating Together, Portland
University of Maine, Covid-19 Community Archive, Orono
University of Southern Maine, Franco-American Covid-19 Experiences in Maine Collection, Lewiston
University of Southern Maine, Signs of the Times: Documenting Covid-19 Signs in Southern Maine, Portland

Maryland Center for History and Culture, Collecting in Quarantine, Baltimore
The Peale Center, Be Here Stories, Baltimore

Historic New England, A Time to Remember: New England Home Life in the Covid 19 Pandemic, Boston
Massachusetts Historical Society, Witness to History: What Are Your COVID-19 Experiences?, Boston
Northeastern University and Suffolk University, Covid-19 Archive: Boston Collection, Boston
University of Massachusetts Boston University Archives, Documenting the UMass Boston Community’s Response to COVID-19, Boston
Worcester Historical Museum, Digital Worcester, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Covid-19 Chronicles, Worcester

Grand Rapids Public Museum, Community Documentation Covid-19, Grand Rapids
Michigan History Center, Collecting Covid-19, Lansing

Anoka County Historical Society, History Happens Today: Your Covid-19 Life, Anoka
Minnesota Historical Society, History is Now: COVID-19 Health Crisis, St. Paul
University of Minnesota Duluth, Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Community Archive Project, Duluth

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Documenting COVID-19 in Omaha, Omaha

New Hampshire
Portsmouth Public Library, Community Diary: Portsmouth COVID-19 Pandemic 2020, Portsmouth

New Jersey
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Share Your Story, Madison
Rutgers University-Newark, Archiving COVID-19, Newark

New Mexico
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, HSC and New Mexico Respond to COVID-19 Collections,  Albuquerque

New York
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn College Covid-19 Archive, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History, COVID-19 Project, Brooklyn
John Jermain Memorial Library, Community Journal Project, Sag Harbor
Museum of the City of New York, #CovidStoriesNYC, New York
New York University, Food and COVID-19 NYC Digital Archive and Collection, New York
North Brooklyn Mutual Aid, North Brooklyn Narratives, Brooklyn
Queens Public Library, Queens Memory COVID-19 Project, Queens
Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT Pandemic Journals, Rochester
Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum, #518RainbowHunt, Ballston Spa

Case Western Reserve University, Kelvin Smith Library, COVID-19: Tell Your Story, Cleveland
PennsylvaniaSaint Vincent College Department of History and the Westmoreland Historical Society, Pandemic 2020: A Covid-19 Public History Project, Latrobe
Senator John Heinz History Center, Experiencing History: Collecting Materials Related to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 Response, Pittsburgh

Rhode Island
Brown University, Pembroke Center Oral History Project-COVID-19 Interviews, Providence
Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Island COVID-19 Archive, Providence

University of Utah, Utah COVID-19 Digital Collection, Salt Lake City

The Valentine, Richmond Stories from Richmond Kids, Richmond
Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Share Your Story: Documenting COVID-19 in Virginia, Richmond
William & Mary Libraries, Documenting Life During COVID-19, Williamsburg

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Archive Project, Eau Claire