Share your experience of the coronavirus pandemic with the Stanford Archives

March 27, 2020
Josh Schneider
Telegram offering firsthand account of the effect of the 1906 SF Earthquake and Fire on the Stanford campus (detail).

Telegram offering firsthand account of the effect of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire on the Stanford campus


For the latest information about this project, please visit the COVID-19 Community Archiving Project site.

Stanford Community Members:

We are all experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. We are also eyewitness to world-changing events developing in real-time.

The Stanford Archives wants to learn more about your recent and daily experience: on campus, at home, or elsewhere. Records of your experience will support current and future students, faculty, and others who will want to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted our community and transformed our work and lives.

Consider keeping a video diary or written log of your thoughts, experiences, and feelings to share with us.

We welcome all contributions, and are especially interested in hearing from community members from historically marginalized groups, first-generation/low income students, international students, and graduate students and others still living on or near the Stanford campus.

Please send files (diaries, videos, images, email, creative projects, etc.), questions about this initiative, or suggestions to While we can accommodate restrictions, our goal is to make the content available for research.

We have also developed a questionnaire for community members to share their experiences with us: Share your experience of COVID-19 with the Stanford Archives.

In addition to collecting materials from the university community, and the questionnaire above, we are also capturing Stanford websites and social media that describe and illustrate the impact of COVID-19, and seeking out records of administrative decision-making. We are also planning for a community oral history project in collaboration with Stanford Historical Society's Oral History Program, as well as a longer term project to more broadly document the effects of the virus. We welcome additional ideas from the community for people we should speak with or materials we can collect as part of these efforts.

Thank you for your help in ensuring a more inclusive record of this event and its impact on our community.