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Documenting the CSUSB COVID-19 Experience

Documenting the CSUSB COVID-19 Experience

The John M. Pfau Library’s Special Collections & University Archives is working on a project to document the COVID-19 experience of the CSUSB community. We encourage members of our campus community to document their personal experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak and contribute their stories to the University Archives. This is a time of great uncertainty and stress for the CSUSB community as we try to deal with the crisis, adapt to social distancing and shelter in place orders, work remotely, learn in a shifting educational environment, and find new modes to care for each other. The University Archives is actively documenting the university’s response to the pandemic and would like to complement these materials with first-hand accounts from our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. These materials will be preserved in the University Archives, providing future researchers with a snapshot of how we as the CSUSB community navigated our way through this transformative historical event.

What we do/don’t collect

We are particularly interested in stories that pertain to the transition from an on-campus to remote environment, experiences from those that have had to remain on-campus, the impact of technology on learning and/or work, and the ability of individuals to stay connected to classmates, teachers, and co-workers during this time.

You may submit materials in a range of formats from textual documents and photographs to video and audio files. Specific items may include:

  • Journals
  • Diaries
  • Letters
  • Artwork, Poems, and other creative works
  • Audio/video messages

If you are thinking about contributing audiovisual materials the Virtual Library Multimedia Center is a great resource for tips on audio/video creation and editing. You can even check-out audiovisual equipment.

Digital submissions are preferred. However, if there are any print/physical items that you would like to contribute please contact us at

The University Archives does not collect personal health information about you or others and requires that you own or have created the materials that you are submitting.

How to participate

Start recording your experiences and compiling your stories now! There is no prescribed format for this and you should feel free to express yourself in the medium of your choosing. Some questions you may consider to help guide you through documenting your experience:

  • How has your life changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What has been your experience with distance learning and/or remote work?
  • What adjustments have you had to make to your daily routines?
  • What role has technology played during the pandemic and have you had to acquire any new skills to effectively use unfamiliar technologies?
  • What does your new workspace look like?
  • How are you staying connected to the campus community?

To contribute materials to this project please complete/submit this form,, so that your submission can be reviewed by Special Collections & University Archives staff.

Feel free to email us at if you have any questions about the project or the submission process.