Documenting COVID-19 in Missoula County: A Community Archive Project

We are living in a truly historic time; how we react and respond - as individuals and as a community - will be of interest 10 years from now and 100 years from now. We know that the best way to ensure this content is available to future generations is to gather it proactively right now.

The purpose of this project is to encourage agencies, organizations and individuals from across Missoula County to document their actions and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide a mechanism for this documentation to be collected, maintained and shared as a community archive.

Examples of content that would be appropriate for the project include, but are not limited to:

  • Photographs, such as of you working from home, empty shelves in stores, closed playgrounds and parks, people wearing home-made masks, messages of hope in windows, chalk drawings on sidewalks
  • Social media posts, such as from businesses announcing altered business models, groups formed in response to the pandemic, personal posts sharing life in quarantine
  • Video clips, such as of quiet streets or crowded trailheads, neighborhoods howling, social distancing
  • Diaries, blog posts or journal entries reflecting your experiences
  • Newsletters or email from a business sharing updates with employees or customers
  • Business records, such meeting minutes, budgets, notes from incident command teams, and continuity plans
  • Oral histories
  • Creative works, such as a song, poem, zine or short story

Really, just about any type of documentation can be contributed to the archive. If you have questions about whether your content would be appropriate please contact us.

At the bottom of this page you can attach files to submit to the project.

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