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One of the digital images that members of the public have submitted to the university’s COVID-19 Community Archive collection. (Photo: David Bindle)

USask preserving the provincial pandemic experience

In a year unlike any in our lifetime, we all have observed countless signifiers that reinforce the gravity of life during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Whether it’s a photo of an empty downtown core, a playground closed to the public, signs that encourage physical distancing, or expressions of solidarity and staying safe, there have been many unique and surreal sights that we have absorbed during this extraordinary time. 

The COVID-19 Community Archive was launched in May at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) to document this momentous period in history and serve as a source of these snapshots.

The project is a partnership between the Digital Research Centre (DRC), University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) in the University Library, and faculty in the Department of History in the College of Arts and Science.

As a community-driven initiative, the digital archive includes submissions from residents that chronicle individual or collective experiences. While many of the submissions have included photographs, content such as social media posts, videos, creative projects, email, blog entries, journals, and personal reflections are also encouraged to be submitted.

Contributions to the COVID-19 Community Archive provide valuable source material for researchers studying how the pandemic has transformed our community.

Read more at USask news.

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