The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

UT Community COVID-19 Archive Project

The UT Community COVID-19 Archive Project gathers and digitally preserves artifacts in a variety of media which will be made available in the Macdonald-Kelce Library Digital Collections.

What types of materials may I submit?

In addition to oral histories we are also collecting other material we can preserve digitally. If you have anything related to your COVID-19 experience, please get in touch.

The following list contains suggested types of materials you may consider submitting. Any materials related to the experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic may be submitted. These should be original works. Your submissions will be apart of the shared global public experience of COVID pandemic.

  • Drawings, paintings, sculptures 
  • Music 
  • Fiction and poetry 
  • Memes and gifs 
  • Video and audio recordings 
  • Zines
  • Posters/flyers
  • Photographs
  • Essays 
  • Interviews or oral history recordings
  • Written communications – social media posts, emails, text/chat conversations 
  • Faculty may consider submitting assignments and/or syllabi that reflect pandemic-related assignments, course changes, or new pedagogical approaches

What other materials are UT librarians collecting?

Librarians are collecting these, so don't worry about submitting them:

  • Official college documents 
  • Official UT communications 
  • Official UT poster/flyers
  • Global Messages
  • Social media posts 
  • Information posted on the UT website
  • Spartan Shield documents 
  • Minaret articles

Please let us know if you have suggestions for additional types of materials we should be collecting.

Is there anything you don't want?

Yes. Since this is a UT Community only archive, please don't send us:

  • Newspaper or magazine clippings
  • Online news or posts (that aren't yours)
  • Materials that you did not create and don't have permission to distribute.
  • Official UT emails and communication (librarians are collecting these). The only exception are organization flyers of student and staff events around campus. We miss a lot of these, so please submit if you were in charge of an event that you had to change due to social distancing.

What will you do with my submission?

Your submission will be catalogued in the Macdonald-Kelce Library Digital Collections, and will be available to anyone interested in your story. The library will preserve the digital copy of your work here.

Can I submit my work anonymously?

No: When you submit a self-guided interview, you must attribute your name to your story. History is about people. As an oral history project we are interested in your unique story. We are not collecting data for social science research, so we connect your name with your experience. Tell us as much or as little of your story as you want. The more stories we get, the better our record of this time.

Yes: You may submit anonymous work when contributing materials. We strongly suggest that you attribute your name to any original artwork or fiction.

Who will retain the copyright to my work? 

You retain ownership and copyright of all submitted materials. While portions of this archive (including the oral histories) are licensed Creative Commons - Attribution CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 not everything is free of copyright restrictions. For instance, if you submit a video and include a song, that song is probably under copyright. Please contact the Macdonald-Kelce Library for information about copyright status of materials you are interested in re-using.

Which file formats may I submit?

Submit in whichever formats work best for you. Preferred formats are: .jpg, .pdf, .doc, .mp3, .mp4.

How large of a file can I submit?

If you have multiple files that exceed the materials submission form upload, or something that is too large to send as an email attachment, you may be able to send through The University of Tampa Dropbox account, accessed via MyUTampa. Please send Dropbox files to librarian Leslie Vega or contact with further questions:

Is there anything that should not be shared?

Remember that your name will be associated with the self-guided interview. This, including any other materials shared whether anonymous or attributed should not have inflammatory language, hate speech, or discriminatory content. Please see the full rights and submissions statement here.


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