Document Your Story: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis

Special Collections & Archives are collecting and preserving diaries and journals documenting the pandemic crisis from the Wright State University community (students, faculty, and staff) and Miami Valley residents. We will be preserving the stories of our daily lives to provide future historians, researchers, and students with information and data on life in the Miami Valley during the Pandemic.

How to get involved

Please take the time to record your activities, thoughts, and/or feelings in diary form. The entries can be handwritten, typed, or in video format, and be as long or short as you want. Don’t worry about handwriting, spelling, or punctuation. Photos welcome! The goal is to capture your personal experiences. Be sure to share the project with family, friends, students, and coworkers in the Miami Valley.

Who can donate?

We are collecting stories from the Wright State University (students, faculty, and staff) and Miami Valley communities. The Miami Valley region is comprised of 11 counties:

Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby.

We encourage individuals of all ages to donate their stories.

What can I donate?

We are accepting diaries or journals in any format: handwritten, typed, social media posts, word documents, photographs, videos, and audio recordings.

It is recommended that diarists, bloggers, and writers donate items in their entirety when the author feels they are finished writing and/or the Pandemic ends.

What should we document or write about?

We hope you document your daily thoughts, feelings, and experiences. All of our experiences during the Pandemic are important and will be of great interest to future historians and researchers. Document what you see, experience, hear, read about, or feel every day. If you need some help with what to write about, see our blog post with some prompts and questions. Remember, the most important thing is getting started and recording your personal experiences.

Will people really read our diaries?

Yes, the goal of the project is to preserve and make available all the donated materials to researchers. If you are uncomfortable with current researchers viewing the material, you can speak with the Special Collection & Archives staff about limiting access to the material until a future date. We are a public institution and want to make material available for use.

How do we donate?

There are several different ways to donate items. We are creating an online portal to sign the deed of gift and upload your material. In addition, you can email your submission, or, once the Wright State campus reopens, mail or drop off items to our reading room. All donors will need to complete and sign a deed of gift. For anyone under 18, a parent will need to sign the deed.