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About the COVID-19 Digital Archive

Archives & Special Collections preserves and shares the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's history. We are creating a digital archive about the current pandemic, and we need your help. The COVID-19 Digital Archive will document the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath on individuals in the University's community of students, employees, and alumni.

How to Donate

  1.  Create an account or log inCreating an account allows you to check back on the status of items you’ve donated and provides us with a contact. You can setup your account to display items as submitted by anonymous.
  2. Fill out information about the item on the Contribute Item form.
  3. Upload related files (as appropriate).
  4. Submissions will not be available immediately. Archives staff will review your donation (typically within 7 working days) before adding items to the archive.

What to Share

Consider your experience as an individual as well as a witness, observing and describing how the communities and groups to which you belong are affected. How you document your experience is up to you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Journal entries (video, audio or text format) about your thoughts, feelings, activities, and observations
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Creative writing
  • Digital storytelling
  • Memes
  • Interviews

If you're unsure how to begin describing your experience, consider these questions:

  • What would you like future generations to know about this period?
  • What adjustments have you made in how you go about learning, working, and socializing?
  • What will you remember about this period of your life?

For additional suggestions, take a look at our ideas for reflection.

Why Donate

Firsthand accounts of lived experiences become primary sources crucial for understanding our history. By collecting stories from a range of viewpoints, Archives & Special Collections aims to provide a more complete picture of the University of Nebraska and, for this project, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our community.

Who can Donate

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, employees, and alumni


Outreach Archivist
Traci Robison