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Documenting Life During COVID-19 collection

Identifier: MS 00326

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Collection includes social media posts, music recitals, podcasts, video recordings, digital photographs, self-portraiture, original music compositions, poetry, personal journal entries, and other materials created by members of the William & Mary and the greater Williamsburg community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.


  • Creation: 2020 March - ongoing

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not William & Mary Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Collection includes materials collected from members of the William & Mary and the greater Williamsburg community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the William & Mary Libraries submission site: "As we all adjust to the new realities imposed by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, William & Mary Libraries invite all members of the William & Mary and greater Williamsburg community to add their voices to the Special Collections. We welcome submissions of all forms of personal reflections to add to the physical and digital archives in the Special Collections Research Center in Swem Library. Your experience is just that – yours – and how you record it is up to you! Feel free to capture your memories in whatever way you choose, and share and reflect on any part of your experience. Ideas include but are not limited to:

Prose Poetry Drawing Scrapbooking Photography Audio/video Other accounts of day-to-day life

Your memories matter, and your experiences are an important part of our shared history. As part of the records preserved in the Special Collections, your materials will be an accessible part of the historic record and contribute to research for years to come."


3068.9 Megabytes : Extent as of 2020 May 29

.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)




Materials are arranged by name of the submitter. Each submitter has their own series within this collection. Navigate to the individual files within each series to access materials.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Most materials are born-digital. Some materials require contacting the SCRC for access.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Submitted by individuals to William & Mary Libraries website. Each submitter was required to complete the following Submission Agreement:

"I hereby certify that I created, and own the copyright in, the submitted material. While I will continue to retain my copyright, I hereby grant the William & Mary Libraries a license to add the material to its archival collections and preserve it for future generations of students, scholars, and researchers. I give the Libraries permission:

to organize the materials according to accepted archival principles; to create metadata, finding aids, and full-text search interfaces required for the preservation and discovery of the materials; to make the materials accessible to researchers and staff; and to use the materials in exhibits and displays, both physical and online. I agree that William & Mary Libraries may make this material available online under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (, which will allow others to share and adapt the material, as long as I am given appropriate credit.

I accept the above submission agreement."


Future accruals expected.

Processing Information

Materials were processed and described using the submitter's original language from the William & Mary Libraries submission site.

Processing Information

Accessions to this collection are titled by each individual submitter's first and last name. If there are multiple submissions from the same person, they are included as files or items within the submitters name.

Guide to Documenting Life During COVID-19 collection
In Progress
William & Mary Special Collections Research Center staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository