Documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic

In March 2020, the Evanston History Center launched an archive and digital record dedicated to documenting the COVID-19 pandemic in Evanston and surrounding areas. Since then, we have been inviting digital contributions, from images to documents. We want to ensure that Evanston’s experiences are documented for future generations. You can read the submission guidelines here. You must be 18 years of age or older to submit to the archive.

What would you want people to know about this time 100 years from now?

How to Contribute:

  1. You can use this form to contribute written document to the archive right now!
  2. You can submit photos or pdfs to EHC via email to Jenny Thompson: jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org

Please make sure you identify your items by providing as much information as you are able. Name of creator, date created, place, etc.

What to contribute? It may be an idea, an observation, a reflection, a photo or scan of an Evanston scene or a sign on a shop, the record of your day, your feelings about Evanston’s particular response to the pandemic, etc. These contributions will constitute a community record of this time. We will house them in a new collection that will be available to researchers at the Evanston History Center at a later date.

Although we are not currently accepting physical donations to the archive, we hope that you will consider preserving items for future donation.

Please contact Jenny Thompson at jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org with questions or to submit your contribution via email. Thank you for contributing!

Listen to Jenny Thompson discuss the collecting project on the Evanston Public Library’s podcast, The Check Out. Jenny talks with Jill Schacter, Community Engagment Coordinator at Evanston Public Library.