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The COVID-19 pandemic will have enduring repercussions. Each person’s story adds a unique thread in recording this global event.

We Want to Hear from You

You are living through a historic event and we want to capture your stories.

Do you wonder what it may have been like to live through the Spanish Flu or the Civil War? Future Washingtonians are going to want to know what happened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re going to wonder how we coped with working and schooling from home, business closures, and curtailed services. They’ll want to understand personal consequences. They’ll be curious about how we came together to help one another, and how we moved forward amidst recurring waves of the virus. Your story matters.

Documenting COVID-19 History for the Future

Washington State Historical Society is a collecting institution. We collect and preserve artifacts and stories – cultural “data points” – to reveal how history connects us all. What we collect today will inform generations to come.

Would you like to contribute to WSHS’s collections?

Here are some ideas of what we’re looking for:

  • Digital content, for example, screen shots of COVID-19 related web pages, emails, memes on social media
  • Audio recordings
  • Videos (click here for an example)
  • Photos
  • Written anecdotes or observations
  • Anything related to the coronavirus pandemic and your experience that you think would be interesting to someone ten, twenty, or one hundred years from now

How to Donate

Digital Items

Send your content to: digitalarchive@wshs.wa.gov.

If you have questions regarding how to send files or file sizes, please email and we’ll assist!

We will reach out to you for additional information about your content such as when/where photos were taken, who is speaking in an audio-recorded conversation, etc., and for your permission to add it to our collections.

Physical Items

We would be grateful for physical objects too. You can email us at digitalarchive@wshs.wa.gov and we’ll arrange a method for delivery.

Some examples of objects (by no means a complete list!):

  • Homemade face masks
  • Diaries, journals, letters
  • Signs posting park closures, “do not gather” notices, or other social distancing directives
  • Direct mail pieces related to coronavirus
  • Zoom University t-shirt
  • Objects made at home during the Stay Home/Stay Healthy order

The first item donated to the WSHS COVID collection was a commemorative quilt, through a project created by Denise Long of Stanwood. Download Denise’s PDF to read more and see photos of the quilt.

Power Point Presentation COVID quilt

Questions?

Please send us an email at digitalarchive@wshs.wa.gov and we’ll get back to you. Thank you!