College of DuPage in partnership with DuPage County invites local residents to share their personal experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to offer this compilation of unexpected and unique stories of finding togetherness while separated, strategies to cope and eventually heal in one historical account made available for future generations.
Today’s technology, in the way of social media, email and streaming videos, allows us to capture our collective memory and study our response to the endless ways this virus has affected everyday life. We invite you to upload content to this collection of the College of DuPage Archive; a video that provides a glimpse into the new way of life, a photo that poignantly demonstrates an emotion evoked by this crisis, or a social media post that perfectly captures a moment in time.
Archives are the raw materials of research, they foster discovery, give voice to previous perspectives, and support society's ability to learn from the past.
Kathleen D. Roe70th President of the Society of American Archivists
Frequently Asked Questions
This is completely up to you! You may want to journal about what you are experiencing. Perhaps your response will be in the form of a photograph, drawing, poem, or short story. Maybe you noticed a meme or social media post that resonated with you – take a screen shot of it. What you chose to document is completely personal and each person’s approach will be unique.
While considering images, stories, and videos for submission, take into consideration the following qualities:
- Clear and legible
- Significant for research
- Memorializes life during COVID-19
We can handle most common file formats including .jpeg, .tiff. For videos, mpeg4,
.ogy, or h.264 file types are web-friendly, but other supported file types are: .avi,
.flv, .m4v, .mp4, .mkv, .mov, .mpg, .wmv. Do not upload compressed formats such as
a .rar as they cannot be converted into a useable format.
Yes. The maximum file size is 500 MB.
You can create and submit as often as you would like. A new form is required for each file submission.
Our staff will need your contact information to document in our records, but yes you can request that your materials remain anonymous (or first name only) to researchers.
Your submission will be archived as part of the College of DuPage Archive’s digital collections and may be presented on the Internet Archive if you give us permission to publish it on the web. View collection.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library of Internet sites and other digitized material that was created in 1996.
Submissions will not be available to the public immediately. They will be made available following review and processing by COD Archive staff.
It is likely/possible that your documentation will include personal information about yourself, including health and other sensitive information. If you are recording or writing about other people in your household, make sure they are aware. Please do not include personal health details that can be used to identify others. Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions for more specific information on confidentiality.
This project is a collaboration between College of DuPage Community Relations and the College of DuPage Archive, with leadership from Ami Chambers (Community Relations), Jenny Dunbar (College Archivist), Jennifer McIntosh (Associate Dean, Library), Lou Demas (Marketing and Communications), and Colin Koteles (Web Services Librarian).
This project is proudly supported by our community partners, the DuPage County Historical Museum, the DuPage Office of Regional Education, the Lisle Library District, the Village of Lombard, the Village of Roselle, and the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce.
Please contact Jenny Dunbar, College Archivist, with questions regarding the collection.