Archives asks faculty, staff to share memories of COVID-19

Published May 7, 2020

The University Archives is asking UB faculty and staff to donate digital materials that document their personal experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The submissions will help the University Archives preserve memories of the COVID-19 pandemic, a devastating period in history that will be remembered for years to come. The information will also support the research of future scholars who aim to study the impact of the pandemic.

Faculty and staff may electronically submit COVID-19-related text documents, video and audio files, and photographs using an online form. Materials may also be shared from social media, blogs, video channels and personal journals. Physical items are welcome, but will not be collected until after the conclusion of the pandemic.

Examples of personal experiences include stories about the transition from on-campus teaching and work to remote instruction and work; the impact of technology on the ability to stay connected to colleagues, students, friends and family; and instances of how work has been impacted by the pandemic, such as changing focus to COVID-19-related research or projects.

The University Archives will not collect personal health information or personally identifiable information about other UB faculty, staff or students.

More information about the program is available online.