COVID: Experiences, Thoughts and Feelings

Contact: Craig Milberg

Share works that reflect your experiences and feelings with the campus community.

The Willamette Archives and Special Collections recognizes the unprecedented moment in history that Willamette students, staff and faculty are currently living through with respect to COVID-19. In line with our charge to collect, preserve and make available records of enduring value relating to Willamette University, the Archives and Special Collections encourages WU students, staff and faculty to submit original created works that capture their unique experiences from the spring of 2020 to be shared amongst our Willamette community as we support each other through our current challenges.

This collecting initiative has two phases. The first phase will concentrate on encouraging and facilitating submissions of original work from WU students, staff and faculty to the WU Archives and Special Collections from April 13 to May 8. Hatfield Library archivists and librarians will preserve submissions so that decades from now this moment in time is captured for exploration and scholarship. The second phase of this project, to be available later this semester, will focus on curating submissions into a digital exhibit that the WU community can explore. Eventually, the collection’s accessibility will broaden, but for now, this project is by and for the WU community. Therefore, please do not submit works you do not want openly accessible. Should you choose to share now, you will have the right to ask us to remove submissions in the future if you desire.


Willamette University students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in this collecting initiative.


In line with the mission of a liberal arts education, this collecting initiative allows for students, staff and faculty to express themselves in a medium that they feel best encapsulates their unique lived experience during the spring of 2020. As a result, sketches, audio recording of music, a recorded dance performance, a photograph, poem, story or essay are all viable options to submit to the archives for preservation. Acceptable file types include: .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .wav, .aiff, .mp4 and .mov Submissions must not exceed 1GB in size.


WU Archives and Special Collections recognizes that creators might not want their submissions to be made accessible right away. There will be two submission forms on the Hatfield Library’s website.

1. The first submission form allows WU students, staff and faculty to view a submission through a digital exhibit in the second phase of this project.

2. The second submission form will restrict a submission from view for five years (2025).

Interested in submitting an item but withholding your name? Or, do you have an original work to donate that you are unable to upload (e.g. written diary, sketch, etc.)? Please contact Processing Archivist and Records Manager Stephanie Milne-Lane at

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