COVID-19 Digital Archive

“A journal entry, a picture of a workspace, a painting of the San Francisco skyline — these household objects made their way to the Covid19@CMC Digital Archive, a digital archive documenting the experiences of Claremont McKenna College community members during the pandemic. After seeing a New York Times article about efforts in the New York City community to create historical archives of COVID-19 experiences and efforts in other universities to create similar archives, CMC history professors Lily Geismer and Tamara Venit-Shelton and CMC alumna Becca Zimmerman CM ’18 decided to create a similar archive.” Read full story here.

A COVID-19 Project

“There are many across the Ozarks eager to put 2020 in their rear view mirror and forget it even existed, but one local history focused website is looking to preserve what life was like in the time of pandemic. “COVID-19 Diaries: Life in the Ozarks During the 2020 Pandemic” will record short videos of Ozarks residents providing an oral history of the way the pandemic impacted them, their family, their work, and their social circle.” This is an example of a COVID project, read the full story here and see the website here.

Remote Interviewing Resources (USA)

“The Oral History Association is proud to announce the release of its new suite of remote interviewing resources. These resources are a product of the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to cease face-to-face interviewing for the health of both narrator and interviewer. By March 2020, many of us found ourselves sheltering in place, trying to learn how to do our jobs from home. For those working in oral history, remote interviewing became a pathway to continue essential oral history work. This guide is meant to be a resource to practitioners as they work through the numerous questions that arise with this method.” See this website.

NFSA Audio-Visual of COVID

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to ensure that key moments in Australian history such as the COVID-19 crisis are collected and preserved. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) has announced the measures it is taking in order to collect and preserve a wide range of audiovisual records of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Read full story here.

NHS and COVID

“A University of Manchester team of researchers and volunteers who have been documenting NHS voices of COVID-19 since March, are to join forces with the British Library thanks a grant of nearly £1m. Dr Stephanie Snow, who leads the influential ‘NHS at 70’ project, and her team have already collected over 200 COVID-19 voices, including Nick Hart, the respiratory doctor who treated Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care.” Read full story here and listen to oral history excerpts, including one with doctor who treated Boris Johnson, here.

COVID in Long Island, New York

“Listen to episodes of Life Under Coronavirus: Long Island’s Helpers, Newsday’s podcast on the pandemic hosted by Mark Chiusano and produced by Amanda Fiscina. It’s a look into how Long Islanders are meeting the challenge of COVID-19. Each episode features a Long Islander talking about his or her experience with coronavirus, with a focus on what people are doing to help. Join us to hear upbeat stories that show how LI is getting by under disease lockdown, an oral history for the period when this is all over.” Listen here.

UK’s NHS Project

NHS at 70: The Story of Our Lives is a national oral history project that is collecting testimony from patients, staff, and the public around the history of the UK’s public National Health Service (NHS) which was created in 1948. To date we have trained around 150 volunteer interviewers with ages ranging from 20 years to 70 plus years in oral history methodologies and recorded upwards of 800 interviews. Evaluation of the impact of participation on volunteers and interviewees was built into the project from the outset. Read full article here.