To document the different experiences of the University of Michigan community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bentley Historical Library is encouraging University of Michigan community members–including students, staff, and faculty, on campus and at Michigan Medicine–to document their personal experiences during the coronavirus outbreak and contribute them to the University Archives. When future students, scholars, and researchers want to understand what it was like at the University of Michigan during the pandemic, the materials preserved by the Bentley will provide a first person account.
To submit items to the Bentley, please fill out this form. A Google login is required (either Gmail or UMICH email). Please email email@example.com for alternative submission methods, if necessary. Your email address will not be shared or sold. We will ask you to sign an agreement allowing the Bentley Historical Library to preserve your submission, and you will receive important information about the copyright and use of your content. The Bentley is not obligated to keep everything that is submitted. You can fill out the form as many times as you like. This project is focused on submissions from individuals or small groups of people. If you work for a University unit and have questions about preserving your office’s records at the Bentley, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can accept a variety of formats, including Photos (jpg, png), Videos (mp4, mov), Audio (mp3), and Text (txt, pdf, docx, doc) files – anything that could normally be uploaded to Google Drive. If you want to donate a physical printed or written item, submit a digital photo and indicate that you wish to give it to the Bentley in the description field of the form. Bentley staff will contact you when we are able to collect physical material.
If your submissions are work you created with other people, such as interviews or group projects, we will also need permission from anyone else who contributed. Please have any co-authors or fellow contributors (including students, classmates, friends, and family members) fill out the Google form as well. If we do not receive releases from all participants we cannot keep the materials. Only one person needs 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 Bentley Historical Library staff.
What you share about your experience during this time period is up to you. Here are some (but not all!!) ideas about what to submit:
Health Care Providers and Patients
Aspects of this project were adapted from similar efforts by the Michigan State University Archives, University of North Carolina Charlotte Special Collections and University Archives, and the University of Virginia Library Digital Collecting Toolkit