Utah State University COVID-19 Pandemic Documentation Project

About the Project

The last time Utah State University faced a pandemic was over a hundred years ago, in fall 1918. Evidence, especially firsthand accounts, of that period in USU’s history are limited in the archives. Today, as we face the COVID-19 pandemic we are committed to documenting our collective experience.

Utah State University (USU) Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives is engaged in a comprehensive COVID-19 Pandemic Documentation Project with support from the USU Office of the President. More information about our initiatives can be found below.

Share Your COVID-19 Experience

We know that the best way to ensure this content is available to future generations is to gather it now. USU Special Collections and Archives, we have begun work on comprehensive collection discussing experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this we would be interested in your story!

This pandemic has affected us all, but as a current (or recently graduated) student you have a unique perspective to share. The link below will allow you to share your experiences as well as provide some documentation for future researchers.

Submit Your Story

Project Initiatives 

USU Community Archiving initiative

To solicit COVID-related documentation from USU Community members (ie. Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni classes of 2020 and 2021) that records individual’s experiences during the pandemic. Documentation may include screen shots of social media posts, journal entries, letters, photography, artwork, or other sources that capture depositor’s experience at USU during the COVID pandemic.

Oral History Interviews Initiative

The Oral History Interview Initiative will conduct 40-50 oral history interviews with key USU administrators, faculty, staff, and students to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Utah State University.

USU Offices’ Documentation Initiative

Collect Documentation (ie. Press leases, email announcements, public reports) from various USU offices and task forces throughout the USU system.

The Oral History Interview Initiative will conduct over 50 oral history interviews with key USU administrators, faculty, staff, and students to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Utah State University.