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Stony Brook University

Documenting COVID-19: Stony Brook University Experiences

A Guide to the Special Library Collecting Initiative and Related Resources

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In 2020, the University Libraries established the digital collection “Documenting COVID-19: Stony Brook University Experiences” to preserve the institutional history of this unprecedented event and to document the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic at Stony Brook University and on the Stony Brook University community, and the university’s integral and pivotal role in the regional response to the crisis.

The entire Stony Brook University community was invited to contribute to the collection. Participation from across all of our campuses was vital to ensure an inclusive record of the SBU experience is available for future generations of researchers. The collection is formed from submissions received directly from students, faculty, staff, and alumni that document life during the COVID-19 pandemic and includes university-created content.

Primary sources will be important to consult in the future to study, interpret, and derive meaning from this historic time period. Materials represented in the collection include personal narratives, oral histories, photographs, journal entries, creative works, and links to websites.

Image: "Welcoming nurses from SUNY Upstate Medical University." Three people hold signs to greet and thank nurses arriving at Stony Brook University Hospital from SUNY Upstate Medical University. The nurses travelled from Syracuse, New York to treat patients at Stony Brook University Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Date: 2020-04-09.