This article originally appeared on the New York Public Library website.
The New York Public Library has always been committed to preserving and making accessible the stories that shape our history so that people today, and the next generation of scholars, students, and creators, can better understand our world and each other. We’re experiencing a pivotal moment in our history right now—and we want to hear and preserve your story.
The Pandemic Diaries Project invites you to submit, via an online form, audio recordings of yourself or your loved ones telling personal stories about life amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These audio diaries will be archived in NYPL’s world-renowned research libraries—the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts—to be preserved and made available to future scholars, journalists, students, and the public.
The Pandemic Diaries Project seeks reflections on all kinds of topics, including families and parenting, education and cultural institutions, business and work, essential workers, life in quarantine, #BlackLivesMatter and protests for racial justice, health care and hospitals, trauma and mourning, the recession, mutual aid, art and literature, community organizations, politics, and much more. Read more...