Be a part of Vanderbilt History!


Imagine finding a handwritten journal of your grandfather’s in the Vanderbilt University Archives.

Now try to imagine your grandchild finding materials in the archive that you created about your time at Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt’s Special Collections and University Archives is documenting and archiving personal experiences of this COVID-19 pandemic period for all students, staff, faculty, and administration of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  We must preserve this time for future historians and researchers.

That is where you come in. We need you to help us build an archive documenting your pandemic experiences.  All kinds of materials – photos, videos, journals, emails, letters, art, etc., are welcome.

  • Faculty & Staff: Send us photographs of books you’ve read, recipes you’ve cooked or the garden you’ve planted. Maybe you picked up a new hobby, or made COVID-19 masks for friends. Share your home office set up, your work schedule, or document your struggles and successes pivoting to online teaching.
  • Students: Tell us about your experience being on campus for fall semester, or life at home for the semester, learning remotely, or what you did  from Thanksgiving break through Jan. 25th.

Everyone’s experiences are of equal importance in the pandemic. Please join us in this extraordinary effort, and be a part of Vanderbilt history.

Submit to COVID-19 Community Archive

If you have questions or need instructions on donating files over 25mb or physical items, please contact us.


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