Univ. of Georgia wants to archive experiences during pandemic

The University of Georgia wants to document your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic for posterity purposes.

The university’s special collections libraries are collecting experiences and responses from Georgians to preserve for generations to come.

“People can kind of share how this crisis has impacted them, their family, their business, their education, (and) their well-being,” says UGA archivist Steve Armour.

He tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish digital submissions can include personal reflections, photos, poetry, or even recordings. The information will be stored virtually and may be later displayed during an exhibit in the Special Collections Building on the Athens campus.

“We will archive, and it will be saved for posterity… and become a tool for future generations to use for research and understanding of the time we’re living in now,” says Armour.

It’s not the first time the university has sought such contributions. A similar request was made several years ago during the Women’s March. But this will be the first large-scale request issued statewide for the school’s publicly accessible archives.

Those who contribute will retain copyright of their materials but must agree to allow perpetual license to the UGA Libraries to use the materials for scholarly and educational purposes.

You can submit items by visiting via the library's website at libs.uga.edu/covid-collection. To donate physical items, you can send an email to sclib@uga.edu.

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