TAMU-CC COVID-19 Archive

Document your experience

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites Islander students, faculty, staff, and the public to record and preserve their personal experiences during the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The Mary and Jeff Bell Library wants to document what life was like in the Coastal Bend community during this unique time.

How do I submit my materials to the archive?

Please use this Google Form to submit your items. It will allow for you to sign a virtual deed of gift and provides important information about the copyright and use of your content.

What can I contribute?

You can help by contributing records of your experience in any format, including:

  • Photographs
  • Voice memos, voicemails, recorded phone calls
  • Podcasts, interviews
  • Videos 
  • Blogs and websites
  • Social media posts
  • Twitter and Instagram hashtags 
  • Screenshots 
  • Memes (as image files, screenshots, or links)
  • Zines (“quaranzines”), diaries, or journals
  • Physical and digital artwork 
  • Essays/Poetry

How do I document my experience?

The method that you use to record your thoughts is up to you. You could write a journal of your thoughts and experiences, record voice memos to make an audio oral history, save your social media posts, or take photos and videos of life during the pandemic.

We are interested in stories about the shift to remote learning and work-from-home environments, the changes your shopping, travel, and other day to day activities,  the ways you and your friends and family are staying in touch during this period of social distancing and self-quarantine, the challenges of international students or those with families abroad, and anything else you want to add.

Guidelines:

  1. If you have any questions or comments please contact the Special Collections and Archives via email at specialcollections@tamucc.edu
  2. The University Archives can handle just about any format you create, but if you’re uncertain about something and need technical assistance, please email Kim for help at specialcollections@tamucc.edu.
  3. Please use this Google Form to submit your items. It will allow for you to sign a virtual deed of gift and provides important information about the copyright and use of your content.
  4. You can mail physical responses to:
    Mary and Jeff Bell Library
    Special Collections and Archives
    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
    6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5702
    Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5702
  5. If you interview other people during your documentation, we will also need their permission so that we can preserve and share the recordings with future researchers. Please have any friends, family members, or community members fill out the Google form if you wish to record with them. If we do not receive releases from you and all other participants, we cannot preserve the materials. NOTE: Only you will need to attach the files to the form, co-creators can simply fill in their personal information along with a description of the materials.
  6. Please be aware of social distancing best practices while self-documenting and stay at least 6 feet away from any people you wish to interview, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, and stay home if you feel sick (as recommended by the CDC).
  7. We know that the pandemic has affected our community emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally, and financially. Island University students can click here or email islanderhelp@tamucc.edu for more information on how to seek counseling services at this time, as well as resources on how to manage COVID-19 related stress and anxiety.