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Documenting COVID-19

Guidelines for Documenting Your COVID-19 Experience


COVID-19 has impacted every member of the Delaware Valley University community; we have all felt the effects of this global pandemic in one way or another.  In the future historians will want to know what our personal, lived experiences of these uncertain times were from day to day, week to week, and month to month.  In the spirit of documenting this moment in history, the University Archives seeks to preserve the personal experiences of Delaware Valley University students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University Archives invites you to donate materials that record your experience of living during the pandemic.  It may be something you have already created or a project completed specifically to donate to the archives.  The materials may be in any form you choose: hand written, typed, prose, poetry, drawn.  Don't worry about good grammar, spelling, or style.  The emphasis is on self-expression, candor, and a willingness to share your experience.  Materials may be in either analog or digital form.  Please see below for ideas, guidelines, and information on submitting your materials to the Archives.

Submission Ideas

It is up to you how you record your experiences.  Some suggestions include:

  • A journal or diary                                        
  • Photographs
  • pdfs of e-mails you have received
  • Song lyrics
  • Class assignments that ask you to share your experiences
  • Personal essays
  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Drawings or paintings

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The switch to remote learning
  • On or off-campus employment
  • Ways you are staying in touch with family and friends during this period of social distancing
  • Challenges faced by international students or those with families abroad
  • If you are a student still on-campus, how things are different, how you are coping
  • The experiences of faculty and staff working remotely or those still on-campus
  • How has this event impacted you?
  • How has your life changed?


  • Please use standard formats, such as Word, pdf, tiff, and jpeg.
  • Digital and analog materials may be submitted.
  • Only analog materials may be submitted anonymously.
  • Please follow all recommended guidelines for protecting the health and safety of yourself, your loved ones, and your community when documenting your experience.
  • Please protect your personal privacy and that of others when documenting.
  • Materials may be submitted at any time.
  • The archives reserves the right to refuse items not within the scope of this project.
  • If you have questions about a particular project or appropriate file formats, please contact

Submitting Your Materials

Please complete this submission form for any materials you are donating.  Please note that materials donated become the property of the University Archives and will be available for public research.

Materials in digital formats may be uploaded via the submission form or sent to

Materials in analog formats may be sent to:

Joseph Krauskopf Memorial Library

Delaware Valley University

700 East Butler Avenue

Doylestown, PA  18901




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Marian Schad
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