Princeton University Library is collecting oral histories about the COVID-19 pandemic from students, faculty, staff and alumni for the University Archives. The COVID-19 & Me: Oral History Project, led by Project Archivist for Student Life Valencia L. Johnson, aims to archive how people in the Princeton community are experiencing the effects of the ongoing crisis.
“This project is just one avenue to document what it’s like to be you, here and now. It will also serve as a primary source of research for future Princetonians or researchers who may be interested in learning more about this pandemic’s impact on the institution and the community,” Johnson said.
“So often, we think that stories of our everyday lives are not important enough to share with the world,” she added, “but it’s those human stories that prove to be invaluable over time. We are all going to be asked at some point, ‘What was it like?’ and this project is a way to talk directly to the future.”
Johnson is currently soliciting submissions from Princetonians; the collection will be made available online in the fall.
Read more about the project and how you can contribute here.