About Special Collections
Fanny A. Dart, the Housemother of Hubbard House c. 1880
We are experiencing an extraordinary historic moment where the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the way we work, play, teach, learn and relate to one another.
The Smith College Archives needs your help in collecting material that documents individual student, faculty and staff responses to the pandemic.
You can help by sharing documentation of your personal experiences. We especially encourage the donation of photographs and other media as file uploads, rather than as links to online posts. Examples of digital or physical documentation include:
The materials donated will be made available for research use by anyone, and available on the open web for anyone to see. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to tell our stories, but it also means that anyone can have access to this information. If you are concerned, you may request that a 5-year restriction be placed on your material as outlined in the deed of gift.
We’re looking for materials that document your experiences during the following events:
Here are some questions to help you start thinking about documenting your experience. These are not prescribed questions; answer all, any, or decide on your own what information you want to share.
Fill out the Archives COVID-19 Project Contributor Form to begin sharing your documentation.
Once completed, you will receive a deed of gift for the materials. A deed of gift is required for all permanent donations to Special Collections. If you have physical materials, please hold onto them until the Archives staff are back on campus to safely receive them. This form is only open to students, faculty, and staff members of the Smith community with a current smith login. Nanci Young, College Archivist (firstname.lastname@example.org), is available to answer questions.
Remember, we are seeking accounts of your personal experiences from when you first heard about COVID-19, and the impact it is having on aspects of your life -- particularly relating to your Smith experience. You may contribute as often or little as you like.