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Special Collections/University Archives invites Bucknell students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to submit writings, photographs, audio and video recordings as well as other media that represent their personal experiences and recollections about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your contribution is essential to documenting Bucknellians’ perspectives during this challenging time. Submissions will help create an historical record that will be preserved and made accessible to future researchers who will gain a better understanding of this time in history. 

Please consider participating in our project. Send questions to scua@bucknell.edu.

How to contribute

Submissions must be related to your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and how you are affected.  Read below for ideas about getting started.

Who can contribute?

Bucknell students, faculty and staff, including retirees, alumni, parents and friends of the University are welcome to contribute to the project. Class of 2020 and incoming Class of 2024, we are especially interested in documenting your experiences as graduating and entering Bucknell classes during the pandemic.

How to submit

Submission is by Google forms which is available to Bucknell students, faculty, and staff. If you do not have a Google account or wish to submit by other means contact scua@bucknell.edu.

Collecting content is ongoing. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. A separate Google form must be completed for each submission and file upload.

We welcome contributions in the following formats. Other ideas are also welcome. Contact scua@bucknell.edu with your ideas.

  • Stories, essays, or writings
  • Photographs or images
  • Video recordings
  • Audio recordings
  • Social media posts
  • Artifacts or physical objects (signs, posters, etc.). Email scua@bucknell.edu with information. 

What should I submit?

The content you submit is up to you, but it must be related to your COVID-19 experience. Thinking about these questions may help you get started.

  • What would you like people to know about this time period?
  • How has life changed for you?
  • What are your hopes for the future? 
  • What was your initial reaction and/or emotions when realizing the campus was closing in March 2020? 
  • If you are a student who stayed on campus after the March 2020 closure, what was your experience?   
  • What is your experience taking classes remotely now and/or during the spring 2020 semester? 
  • What are the challenges with studying and working off-campus? 
  • How did you keep in touch with friends, faculty, and staff after the March 2020 closure?
  • What was your experience with self-quarantine?
  • What is your experience returning to campus for the fall 2020 semester?
  • What are the impacts of COVID-19 on higher education? 
  • What was your experience switching to remote teaching and learning very quickly? What are the opportunities and challenges? 

What happens to my submission?

Your submission will be added to the university archives collection either digitally, in print, or in both formats. Creating a public digital collection for submissions is being discussed. We ask your permission to share content publicly on the submission form.