Deacon Experiences: COVID-19

Documenting COVID-19 at Wake Forest University

During this unusual, transformative time, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives (SCA) seeks to collect evidence of the daily lives and professional outputs of Wake Forest students, alumni, staff, and faculty as we live through the coronavirus outbreak. SCA is collecting University records (including WFU web sites, please select the terms COVID, COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, or quarantine) regarding administrative and academic work, but personal documentation provides insight and truth in ways that official records cannot. Experiences can include staying on campus, learning remotely, working from home, the shift to online from in-person learning, stay-at-home life, essential worker experiences, distancing, self-quarantine, or illness. We truly want to capture what your experiences have been like as Wake Foresters.

Please consider submitting items (digital and paper) that document your daily life during this time:

  • Artifacts and objects
  • Artwork, such as drawings and collages
  • Audio recordings
  • Digital writings such as blog posts and journal entries
  • Photographs
  • Poetry
  • Screenshots of social media posts
  • Stories and oral histories

How To Submit

Please use the submission form to submit your items: 5 at a time. You will sign an agreement allowing SCA to preserve your materials and receive information about the copyright and use of your content.

Please use standard formats, such as Word, pdf, tiff, jpeg, mp3, wav, mp4, mov, m4a. See our website for additional information on preferred formats for digital materials.

If two or more people contribute to any donated materials, only one needs to submit the file but everyone who appears or contributes needs to be included on the submission form. Without the appropriate permissions, we cannot add the files to our collections.

If you would like to mail materials, please send them to: Special Collections – COVID Project, ZSR Library, PO Box 7777, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.

Submissions will take some time to be preserved and described by SCA employees. Your submissions will be part of SCA’s Digital Collections after that work is completed.

Please email with any questions or comments that you may have.

University Coronavirus Resources

The global pandemic has caused significant disruption to personal life, study, research, and work, and we know there are many questions and concerns. More information about the University’s response and resources is available on Wake Forest University’s COVID-19 website.


Special thanks to Bowling Green State University, UNC-Charlotte Special Collections & University Archives, and Michigan State University University Archives.