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What should I submit?

To do this project, we need your help. We would like to collect the materials you are creating right now that document this time and submit them to this project for archiving and future research. Some examples of items that could be included in the Penn Community Archive are:

  • a sign or art you or someone else in your community created 
  • screen shots of your social media posts 
  • videos or recordings of events, classes, workouts, original spoken words and music shared online during this time 
  • photographs of the campus, your home/work-space, or scenes from around your community that illustrate changes in society taken during this time  
  • captures of classroom work or lectures you have given online 
  • homeschool schedules or other daily routines for parents working from home 
  • your own journal entries (written, audio, or video) documenting your experience

Submissions may be in the form of digital photographs, text files, PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, or video files. Please submit materials using the Penn COVID-19 Community Archiving Project Submission Form. If you are submitting electronic materials with the form, please note that only one electronic file can be submitted per form.  If you have multiple files, please contact us.

We have compiled some frequently asked questions, and we are happy to answer any other questions you might have about the project or your submissions. Please contact us with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE that we have some restrictions regarding personally identifiable health information. You can find out more about this under the question “Is there anything I should avoid documenting?” on our FAQ page.

To Donate Non-Digital Materials

If your experience with the COVID-19 crisis is best documented in the physical, analog realm, we are able to accept donations of those materials as well. Please contact us for details on how to arrange such donations.