Contribute a COVID-19 Experience

The Caltech Archives is collecting the experiences of the Caltech community on campus, at home, and elsewhere during this unprecedented time. Your contributions will document how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our community. They will be preserved as part of the history of our Institute and used by current and future students and archival researchers. Your contributions can illustrate how this pandemic affects not only your work, but also your personal life, family, daily activities, and community.

Please contribute only text and computer files that you have created yourself. Please do not include derogatory or incriminating content, or health information about identifiable people. You will have a choice as to whether the Caltech Archives makes your contribution publicly visible on the web or available only by request.

If you’d like to donate a paper diary or any other non-digital materials that document your experience to the Caltech Archives, please email us at archives@caltech.edu.

You may view published contributions by others.

Your name is optional. If you enter it, it will appear as part of your contribution.
Your email address is optional. The Caltech Archives will not share it with others. If you provide it, Caltech Archives staff may use it to contact you with any questions regarding your submission. If you make multiple submissions, we may also use it to determine that you are the same contributor and link them together.
Your location is optional. Many students and others are away from campus right now. What city are you in now?

Writing about your experience is optional. If you are submitting files, you may leave this field blank or use it to describe or caption your files. Submission formats are open-ended and may be written as anything from journal entries to poetry to direct answers to the . You can submit a single story or you can come back with more later.

  • How has the pandemic affected your life, your outlook, and your work or studies?
  • What is your home life right now? What activities are you doing to keep occupied? How are you coping with the change in social interaction?
  • How has the pandemic changed your interactions with family, friends, and colleagues, local and distant? What methods of communication are you using?
  • In 100 years, what do you want people to know about what is happening today?
Files

We encourage you to share digital files that you have created, such as photos, artwork, audio, and video, that can enrich others’ understanding of your experience. If people besides you appear in a photograph or video, please get their permission; by posting, you will be confirming that you have it.

If you would like to add more than four files, please submit multiple contributions.

More information
  • Files must be less than 128 MB.
  • Allowed file types: 3gp aac avi bmp doc docx eps flac gif heic heif hevc html jpeg jpg m4a m4v mkv mov mp3 mp4 odp ods odt ogg pdf png ppt pptx psd rtf tif txt wav webm webp xls xlsx xml.
My submission is consistent with Caltech’s Honor Code, “No member of the Caltech community shall take unfair advantage of any other member of the Caltech community.” If people besides me appear in a photograph or video, I have their permission to submit it here. To preserve privacy or for other legal or ethical reasons, the Caltech Archives may edit, refrain from publishing, or delete submissions.
Regardless, beginning in 2045 the Caltech Archives may exhibit or publish my submission, in addition to making it available by request. Submissions published on the web or made available by request may be used by others in ways beyond the Caltech Archives’ control. The Caltech Archives shall make every effort to keep embargoed content private, but cannot make guarantees.

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