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Whitman Coronavirus Stories: Documenting Our Lives during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In collaboration with students in Library 160: Documentation and Representation in Archives, the Whitman College and Northwest Archives is creating a digital archive of the Whitman community’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we move classes online, work, teach and learn from home, and practice social distancing, our normal experiences and routines have been displaced and disrupted. We hope to collect the stories, experiences, and evidence of our changed lives, both the painful and difficult, and the unexpectedly beautiful and hopeful. 

You can view submissions to the digital archive in ARMINDA, our institutional repository.

How to participate

You can record your experience in whatever format is comfortable for you. Some options include: 

Questions and themes we hope to explore include:

Please comply with county and state stay-at-home orders, and practice social distancing, while self-documenting. 

Submitting Material to the Archive

Diary entry from Whitman Professor of History William Denison Lyman, October 21, 1918. Available in Arminda:

This project has been inspired by, and borrowed from, ideas generated from Documenting Your Community’s Experience of COVID-19: A Resource List. In particular, we acknowledge the work of Atkins Library Special Collections & University Archives at the UNC Charlotte.