Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus situation, the University Archives Reading Room is closed to researchers until further notice. During this time, we will continue to provide email and telephone reference support though responses may be delayed. If you have any questions, please contact us.
On March 16, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order temporarily closing many public spaces. All academic libraries are included in this order. The MSU Libraries are closed, but we still offer virtual services and many resources do remain available. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for specific Library resources. Reference services are still available via chat and phone. We do have temporary policies for returning/renewing material.
Documenting COVID-19 Experiences at Michigan State University
Michigan State University Libraries is documenting the experiences of MSU students, staff, faculty, and other members of the campus community during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and contributing them to the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC). We invite you to share your stories, photos, videos, and other documentation about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
How to participate
We are interested in your stories about the shift to remote instruction and learning, studying and working from home, working at on-campus and off-campus jobs, the impact of closing residence halls and other campus services, the ways you and your friends and family are staying in touch during this period of social distancing and self-quarantine, the emotional impact of the pandemic, and so on.
How you record your thoughts and experiences is up to you. For instance, you can write in a journal, record voice memos, save your social media posts, take photos and/or videos of life as you see it, or create multimedia works of digital storytelling.
Please use the Google form to submit your items. A Google login is required (either Gmail or MSU email). Please email us for alternative transfer methods, if necessary. Your email address will not be shared or sold. You will be able to sign an agreement allowing UAHC to preserve your submission, and you will receive important information about the copyright and use of your content.
UAHC can accept a wide variety of formats, including Photos (jpg, png), Videos (mp4, mov), Audio (mp3), and Text (txt, pdf, docx, doc). If you are unsure about something in particular, please email email@example.com, and we will assist.
If you interview other people in the course of your documentation, we will also need their permission so that we can preserve and share the recordings with future researchers. Please have any friends, family members, or community members fill out the Google form if you wish to record with them. If we do not receive releases from all participants we cannot preserve the materials. But only one person will need to attach the files to the form -- co-creators can simply fill in their personal information along with a description of the materials.
Submissions will not be available to the public immediately. They will be made available following review and processing by UAHC staff.
For MSU’s updates on the pandemic and available resources, visit https://msu.edu/coronavirus/.
Thank you to Katie Howell of J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina Charlotte for allowing us to use text and ideas from UNCC’s “Contribute Your Stories of the COVID-19 Outbreak” website.