Professor Herbert “Tico” Braun at the UVA College of Arts & Sciences has invited his students to participate in a voluntary project to record their experiences and impressions of this tumultuous time in history (https://news.virginia.edu/content/write-it-down-historian-suggests-keeping-record-life-during-pandemic). Following his general framework, USC Upstate Archives and Special Collections invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in our own version of "Write It Down".
As Professor Braun mentions in the article above, “There is much that all of us and each of us have already experienced in the past few weeks that is shocking, unexpected, unpredictable, unknowable, new; much that we have not felt before or seen.” Your experiences, emotions, and interactions with this new reality are shaping your everyday life, and the lives of those around you. Social distancing, quarantines, and shortages of daily essentials present never-before-seen challenges for everyone, but these challenges are not felt or experienced equally across the social spectrum. Institutions around the globe including hospitals and healthcare offices, small businesses, industries, and even the global economic markets are being tested in ways never before imagined.
The University Archives and Special Collections invites you to participate in creating an archival collection documenting the experiences and impressions of you, your family, and your friends both near and far during this time. We welcome submissions from anyone, whether they are directly affiliated with USC Upstate or not. Each individual perspective is valuable, and adds to the richness and breadth of the story as a whole. Please see the guidelines below and on the following page for formats and submissions.
Thank you for your willingness to share your story and "Write It Down"!
~ Ann Merryman, Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections, USC Upstate
The archives is accepting submissions in a variety of styles and formats that showcase the wide range of experiences our students, faculty, staff, and community members are having during this time in history. Indeed, the formats individuals choose document not only this specific moment in history but also the various modes of communication available to society as a whole. This variety adds to the historical record. Please be aware that video (including video recorded on cell phones) will be more difficult to preserve than photos, text, or audio.
Some options for submissions:
The following questions are only suggestions. Answer as many or as few as you wish, or feel free to add your own topics or observations on other events or subjects relating to COVID-19 and the current state of our campus, our state, the U.S., and the world.
Think about YOURSELF (general themes: your emotions, concerns, your experiences with how the world is changing and your reactions to these changes)
Think about YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, and OTHERS you encounter in daily life (general themes: your friends and family and your relationships with others, and how these are changing now that we must perform social distancing, self quarantines, and other measures to "flatten the curve")
Think about SOCIETY, INSTITUTIONS, and THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY (general themes: society, institutions, the different aspects of these times, the virus itself, the stock market, hoarding, public events, hospitals, universities, work, media, etc.)