Documenting COVID-19 in Missoula County: A Community Archive Project

We are living in a truly historic time; how we react and respond - as individuals and as a community - will be of interest 10 years from now and 100 years from now. We know that the best way to ensure this content is available to future generations is to gather it proactively right now.

The purpose of this project is to encourage agencies, organizations and individuals from across Missoula County to document their actions and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide a mechanism for this documentation to be collected, maintained and shared as a community archive.

Examples of content that would be appropriate for the project include, but are not limited to:

  • Photographs, such as of you working from home, empty shelves in stores, closed playgrounds and parks, people wearing home-made masks, messages of hope in windows, chalk drawings on sidewalks
  • Social media posts, such as from businesses announcing altered business models, groups formed in response to the pandemic, personal posts sharing life in quarantine
  • Video clips, such as of quiet streets or crowded trailheads, neighborhoods howling, social distancing
  • Diaries, blog posts or journal entries reflecting your experiences
  • Newsletters or email from a business sharing updates with employees or customers
  • Business records, such meeting minutes, budgets, notes from incident command teams, and continuity plans
  • Oral histories
  • Creative works, such as a song, poem, zine or short story

Really, just about any type of documentation can be contributed to the archive. If you have questions about whether your content would be appropriate please contact us.

At the bottom of this page you can attach files to submit to the project.

Required fields are indicated with an *

Submission Statement

Please read each statement and check the Agree box below to indicate your understanding and agreement.

  • I understand that the materials I am contributing today to the Documenting COVID-19 in Missoula County project will be maintained by Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, the University of Montana (hereafter UM). I understand that the material/file(s) will be managed in a manner consistent with established professional standards and UMs collection development policy and I place no restrictions on their use or disposition.
  • I agree that UM may make publicly accessible, either immediately or in the future, the material/files I’m submitting for this project.
  • I am eighteen years old or older. Parents or legal guardians may submit material on behalf of their children.
  • I understand that material submitted through this form must not violate any confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws. I agree not to submit material that contains sensitive personal information about other individuals, including personal health information.
  • I give consent to UM to digitally reformat the collection or migrate existing digital content to new technical environments as appropriate for preservation and/or access purposes.
  • I confirm that I own (or have legal authority over) the materials I am submitting. I voluntarily transfer to UM all rights, title, and interests, including non-exclusive intellectual property rights, to these materials.

If you wish to contribute files or other materials to this project that for some reason would require temporary access restrictions, such as for privacy and confidentiality reasons, or if for some other reason you are not able to affirm each statement please contact library.covidarchive@umontana.edu to discuss options.

I agree to the statements above

Please provide information about the author/photographer/creator of the material you are contributing.

Please provide contextual information about the material you are contributing.

Submission

Submit your items here. Files accepted include documents, spreadsheets, audio recordings, video, and photos. File types allowed for upload are .doc, .docx, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .odf, .png, .pdf, .mov., .mp3, .mp4, .jpeg, and .tiff. File uploads are limited to 10 files. Each file is limited to 100 MB.

If you wish to submit file types that are not listed above (including social media files and e-mails), files which exceed the 100 MB limit, physical materials, or if you wish to submit more content than this form allows, please contact library.covidarchive@umontana.edu to discuss options.

Thank you for contributing to this community archive!