MIT COVID-19 documentation project material now online

Distinctive Collections releases digital collection documenting the pandemic experience of MIT community members

Jessica TranVo, “Wish You Were Here,” digital collage, created between March 2020 and March 2021. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

The MIT Libraries Distinctive Collections is pleased to announce that MIT community contributions to the COVID-19 Collection are now available online! The COVID-19 Collection documents the MIT community’s experiences, reactions, and responses to the changes in our community and world brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about each donation — and a link to view and download the items — can be found via the collection finding aid.  

Share your story
We are still accepting contributions! Your story is unique, your memories matter, and your experiences are an important part of our shared history. All members of the MIT community are invited and encouraged to participate. Materials will be preserved and made available as part of the historical record which will contribute to our understanding of and research about this time for years to come. To
share your story, visit the donation page on our website. To learn more about what we are collecting, see our FAQ

Thank you
A huge thank you to all of the students, staff, faculty, researchers, and alumni/ae who have contributed their personal reflections, first-hand accounts, photography, and artwork to this collection. The COVID-19 Collection is an effort that began in the spring of 2020 to collect the ongoing experiences of MIT community members in real time. More details can be found in
this issue of the Libraries’ newsletter. The collection represents what Distinctive Collections has received so far, but the collection will continue to grow as more contributions are received. Check the finding aid for updates.

The MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections collects and preserves the past and present of the Institute and our community. Our staff works to ensure that our collections are preserved, described, and accessible to our community and the world.   

To learn more about Distinctive Collections, Documenting COVID-19, or to donate, visit our project page.