One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have begun reflecting on how we have experienced and responded to the events that have changed our lives since the spring semester of 2020. Do you remember your last “normal” day on campus? Where were you when you read or heard the news about the impact of COVID-19 and the transition to remote classes and work? How has your daily life evolved since last March? What are the artifacts — digital or physical, tangible or intangible — that have helped you remember and make sense of how you have experienced this past year?
We are interested in receiving items and stories that document the community’s experiences learning and working remotely, social and physical distancing, communicating and staying in touch with family, quarantining, and any other experiences that you want to share. Materials will be brought together into an NYUAD COVID-19 Archive, preserved as part of the University Archives in the Library.
Please consider donating materials that document what daily life has been like at NYUAD during the COVID-19 pandemic — both broadly and personally defined:
Special thanks to archivist colleagues, who have shared wisdom and practice, from NYU Division of Libraries, University of Illinois Chicago Libraries’ University Archives, Wake Forest University Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, and UNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library
This project has been conceptualized in partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi Leadership. Special thanks to Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann for initiating the NYUAD COVID-19 Archive and contributing the first promised donation.
Header photograph by Killian Marie Dumont, April 2020, used with permission.