As we navigate the daily challenges of COVID-19, we are making history. The UMW Special Collections and University Archives staff are actively engaged in capturing and preserving our institution's exceptional response to the current public health crisis, but we would like to hear from you, too! We invite our UMW community to share their individual stories and creative works inspired by this moment.
If you've been keeping a record of these events and how they've impacted your life, or if you'd like to start, consider donating to the University Archives in the future! We have several tools available to digitize physical materials, as well as web-based programs that can help capture born-digital content.
Check out the blog post by our Digital Resources Librarian to learn more about the project and how you can get involved.
Help us capture this extraordinary time in history and be a part of UMW's enduring record.
If you're thinking about ways to get started on documenting your experience, consider some of the prompt questions below:
How should you record your experiences? However you like! We've provided a few ideas below, but this isn't a comprehensive list.
If you have a project idea that isn't on this list, that's great! We'd be happy to work with you to design your project with an eye toward archival preservation.
If you've decided you're ready to contribute your content to University of Mary Washington's Special Collections and University Archives, please submit using our online form.
Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help or guidance at any point even if you're not ready to donate yet, or if you have questions about your project.
Please see below for submission terms and conditions.
You are voluntarily contributing your recollections, photographic images, video, social media postings or other content to University of Mary Washington's Special Collections and University Archives (UMW SC&UA) which is curating a collection of UMW experiences in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
You may only submit material created entirely by you and not copied from or based, in whole or in part, upon any other photographic, literary, or other material, except to the extent that such material is in the public domain, or you have permission of the copyright owner, or its use is allowed by "Fair Use" as prescribed by the terms of United States copyright law. If you would like to refer or nominate material which you do not own, please contact us at email@example.com.
By submitting content to UMW SC&UA, you are granting SC&UA permission to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity. Your material and the information you provide on the submission form may be published on the web as part of UMW SC&UA digital collections or exhibits. You will be identified as the creator and/or contributor of this material. You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share.
Submitted material must not violate any confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws. UMW SC&UA reserves the right to decline submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines of our collecting policy.
Adapted from submission template created by Society of American Archivists' Tragedy Response Initiative Task Force.