Special Collections and Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts seek to preserve the personal experiences of University of Arkansas students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Publicly released U of A wide announcements and policies are already being preserved.
You can help by volunteering to participate in this project to tell personal stories.
Alternately, if you are a UA administrator and would like to help preserve official records, please contact University Archivist, Amy Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The method that you use to record your experiences can take different forms.
Some suggestions include:
Topics of interest include but are not limited to stories about remote learning at the University, off-campus jobs (in retail, the service industry, grocery stores, etc.), the ways you are staying in touch with family and friends during this period of social distancing and self-quarantine, the challenges for international students or those with families abroad, experiences of faculty and staff working remotely, experiences of staff who remain on campus, and how this event is impacting you.
If you would like to conduct an oral history, you can interview a friend or family member remotely, interview someone within your household, or conduct a self-oral history and record your own answers to oral history questions.
If you are interviewing others, please practice all recommended guidelines for social distancing to keep yourself and those around you safe.
Some general guidelines for interviews can be found at the Oral History Association
Below you will find some basic tips and sample interview questions; however, feel free to make up your own questions.
Alternately, Virginia Siegel, Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinator, is available to conduct interviews remotely. She will also be conducting interviews with community members outside the U of A and around Arkansas. If you would like to suggest an individual to interview or have questions about conducting your own oral history interview, please email her at the contact information below.
Note: If we do not receive releases from you and all other participants we cannot preserve the materials.
If you are submitting an oral history, please fill out the Oral History Deed of Gift and the Participant Information Form and include these with your submission.
We know that the pandemic has affected our community emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally, and financially. Please visit the U of A's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for mental health resources on how to manage COVID-19 related stress and anxiety.
These guidelines were adapted from the UNC Charlotte University Archives