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Aurora University COVID-19 Experience

Aurora University's Colby Archives and Schingoethe Center wants to collect materials you are creating during this extraordinary time and tell the story of our community for future generations. Inspired by the Illinois State Museum's 'Illinois Stories COVID-19' project we are looking for members of the Aurora University community to tell their stories. 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Personal stories that reflect your experience during the pandemic, for the benefit of future generations. Submit personal stories, digital images, poems, or videos.

WHAT WE WILL DO WITH SUBMISSIONS: In the short term, we will display some projects on social media. In the long term we will preserve these items for future study. We may even request items to be displayed on campus. 

HOW TO SUBMIT: To submit, fill out the form and attach your file! We will ask for basic information about the creator and creation of the material and ask you to agree to a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-Share-Alike CC-BY-NC-SA license which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms (for details, go here:

For questions about the project please email Kathy Clark, Director of Phillips Library

Example Submissions

Kathy Clark - Journal Entry

Thursday, March 19, 2020​

"I have never washed my hands as much as I have today. I went into work because I needed some files connected to the network. I was so paranoid about everything I touched. There haven't been students in the library since Monday." ​

"When I went into work there wasn't any else there. Very quiet"​

"Already some friends are losing their jobs."​

Laura Santoyo - Digital Image

I took this photo because it was odd to see a child's playground empty on a day when the sky was blue and the sun was shining. The sign in front of the empty park just added to the eeriness.​

When I took the photo, I thought about how I wanted to document this moment in history to look back on or to share with my future children.​

This image made me feel sad - but also made me more aware of just how serious this pandemic is.​

Bronwen Heneghan - Haiku Poem


Social distancing​
Avoiding the media​
While touching my face​