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What to Document

What to Document?

Below are a few suggestions of what to document during this pandemic, but it is by no means a comprehensive list. The goal of this project is to document the historic changes this pandemic has caused, but through the lens of personal experiences. Think about the changes to your daily life such as work, school, social life, celebrations and holidays, health and wellness, and personal interactions in light of this pandemic.


  1. The changes in your neighborhood such as closed stores, signs, social distancing, new public art
  2. Your new work or school from home set up
  3. How you are spending your time and keeping in touch with others
  4. Homemade masks
  5. Anything that is the result of the pandemic
  6. Art or craft projects you’ve created
  7. Changes in your daily routine
  8. Life staying at home


  1. Record yourself talking about your experiences during the pandemic
  2. Take a video of how you and your friends and family keep in touch
  3. Record any new habits or changes to your old routine
  4. Record how you now celebrate holidays, birthdays, and other milestones differently
  5. Take a video explaining what has changed about your work or school situation


The Loyola University Archives encourages everyone to keep a journal during this time and consider donating it to the Archives once the crisis is over. We also welcome any sort of stories, reflections, personal antidotes, poems, or other explanations of your experiences. The emphasis on these entries is self-expression and candor.


Oral History/Audio:

The purpose of the oral history is to capture the authentic experiences of people during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please include some background information about yourself and/or the person you are talking with, and how the Covid-19 has affected you. Feel free to talk about anything that you feel is related to your experience during the Covid-19 outbreak.

 Sample Oral History Interview Questions:

    1. How has Covid-19 affected your job?

    • Are you still able to work?

    • Can you work from home? What is it like working from home?

    • Are you an essential worker?

    2. If you have children, what type of challenges did you face transitioning your kids to online schooling?

    3. If you are a student, what is it like taking your classes online?

    • What technology are you using to participate in classes?

    4. What is it like going to the store or grocery shopping?

    • What types of things have you not been able to find/buy?

    5. How are you staying connected to friends and family?

    6. How are you staying entertained?

    • Have you picked up any new hobbies?

    7. How have you celebrated events such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, etc. while isolated?

    8. What is the first thing you want to do when the stay at home order is lifted?


What to NOT include:

This is a public health crisis and your submissions might contain stories or information about dealing with the COVID-19 illness. This means your submission should not include personally identifiable health information about another person or persons, your submission must be fully anonymized in regards to other people you might be discussing or documenting other than yourself. It is important to remember that the federal privacy law HIPAA protects personally identifying health information of individuals. If you have any questions, please email

 This is the text in the Terms and Conditions dealing with personal health information.

I understand and agree that the submitted material may contain sensitive personal information about me, including personal health information, and that this information may be archived and shared as described above. I agree not to include personally identifiable information concerning another person or persons, or information that could allow a third party to identify other people, including other students or employees of Loyola University Chicago. This includes their personal health information as the University Archives must follow the federal privacy law HIPAA.