The Los Angeles Public Library is inviting Angelenos to contribute materials that document life during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Submissions will be curated and made available in a digital collection accessible through our online special collections portal, Tessa.
Submissions must be in digital form and may include:
- Letters, emails, and other correspondence
- Journal and diary entries
- Blog posts or social media posts
- Notices or signs
- Creative art such as drawings, paintings, and poetry
It is acceptable to scan or take a digital photograph of an item to be submitted. Online content may be captured as a screenshot or printed to PDF. As you prepare materials for submission, think about how they tell the story of COVID-19 and its impact on different facets of your life. How do your materials reflect the changing dynamics or routines in your home, workplace, or community?
Any Angeleno is welcome to contribute. We encourage submissions from diverse perspectives, particularly from communities that are not normally represented in the archive. Whether your materials demonstrate social distancing, the transition to telecommuting, what it is like to be an essential worker, or changes in daily routines, family dynamics, and interactions with others, we want to include them!
Thank you for helping us with this important, collective effort to document this historical event. Your contributions are a crucial part of telling the full story of the COVID-19 pandemic in our city.
Please adhere to the city’s Safer at Home order while participating in this effort.
You may submit materials using the LA COVID-19 Community Archive (formerly the Safer at Home Archive) collection form below through May 31, 2021.
Questions? Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org