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Safer at Home Archive

Dinner outside Bar Ama in Downtown LA, several feet apart from other patrons. Sign in foreground about social distancing. Jennie Ciminelli, Safer at Home archive, Los Angeles Public Library Special Collections.
"Noah Hernandez, due to the coronavirus graduates had to give up the ceremony for marches for Social Justice and the Black Lives Matter Movement and Justice for all." Arline Hernandez, Safer at Home archive, Los Angeles Public Library Special Collections.
Girl riding horse during Juneteenth Celebration in Leimert Park Village. Candace Dane, Safer at Home archive, Los Angeles Public Library Special Collections.
Pandemic journal. Amy Wan, Safer at Home archive, Los Angeles Public Library Special Collections.
Members of Mariachi Mexico Lindo, some in face coverings, practice in front of a home before performing for a couple's 50th Wedding Anniversary. Keith Kesler, Safer at Home archive, Los Angeles Public Library Special Collections.

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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:

  • Photographs
  • 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 Safer at Home collection form below through December 31, 2020.

Questions? Contact us by email at

Contribute to the Safer at Home Archive

Files must be less than 50 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png tif txt rtf pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.
This can be an individual, photographer, illustrator, organization, company, etc. Type "unknown" if you are not sure who the creator is.
List people, businesses, and/or organizations appearing in the item.
Include the address, cross streets, and/or neighborhood that the item is referring to. Be as specific as possible.
When was the item created? If unsure of date, try to provide at least the year and month (YYYY-MM) or just the year (YYYY). Use "Circa" for approximate dates.
Only needed for printed/analog materials. Example: 5 ¾ x 8 ¼ cm.
Include context for this item; description of events related to the item; or relationship between creator and event associated with the item.
Required so that we can contact you with any questions. Los Angeles Public Library will not share your contact information.