Allegheny Strong: A Digital Collection of Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Invitation to Participate

If you are a member of the Allegheny community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni), the Allegheny College Archives invites you to share your personal reflections on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your life and those around you by submitting your creative works to our new digital collection. This is a way of strengthening our sense of community and human connection while preserving personal accounts of this global event for future generations and scholarly research.

Types of Documentation Sought

We are seeking your creative works in whatever digital form best conveys your experiences and expresses your thoughts and feelings during this difficult time.

Submission types include:
  • journal entries
  • personal essays
  • poems
  • photographs
  • music
  • videos (or links to videos)
  • social media post links
  • blog links

Please note that we cannot add submissions to our digital collection if you do not own the rights. We reserve the right to exclude material that reveals personal health information covered under HIPAA.

Submission Information

The archives welcomes submissions of materials from students, faculty, staff and alumni that reflect your experiences during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to create a digital collection to preserve this material. Please use this form to submit your essays, poems, photographs, videos etc. to share your reactions and feelings about the life changing events during this pandemic. We will accept your creative reflections at least through the end of the summer. If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Andel, Archivist (merrick@allegheny.edu) or Beau Smith, Digital Resources Librarian (bmith3@allegheny.edu).

Digital Submissions Terms and Conditions

You are being asked to contribute your recollections, photographic images, video, social media postings or other digital content to Allegheny College, which is creating a digital record of Allegheny community member experiences during the current COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

You may only submit material created entirely by you and not copied from or based, in whole or in part, upon any other photographic, literary, or other material, except to the extent that such material is in the public domain, you have permission of the copyright owner, or its use is allowed by “Fair Use” as prescribed by the terms of United States copyright law.

You must be 18 years of age or older to submit material. By submitting content through this form, you are granting Allegheny College permission to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity. If you indicate on the form that your submission is “public,” your material may be published on the web (with or without your name, depending on what you have indicated) as part of Allegheny College digital collections or exhibits. You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share.

Submitted material must not violate any confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws. Please be aware that all submissions and any information associated with the submissions (email address, descriptive information, etc.) may be provided to federal, state, or local law enforcement or other government agencies pursuant to a lawful subpoena or otherwise as required by law.

Allegheny College is not obligated to include your content in this project or preserve it in perpetuity. We reserve the right to exclude material that reveals personal health information covered under HIPAA. Decisions to decline submissions will adhere to the guidelines of the Merrick Archives Collection Development Policy