COVID-19 Community Archive Submissions

The Vanderbilt community experienced massive upheaval due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic beginning in early 2020 and continuing into 2021. Instruction was moved online, most of campus was physically shut down, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center responded with a robust effort to combat the virus. During these times, it is important to recognize the extraordinary impact this pandemic has on our historical record.

Therefore, Vanderbilt Special Collections and University Archives seeks to document and archive the response of Vanderbilt University and VUMC students, staff, faculty, and administration to the COVID-19 pandemic to preserve this moment in time for future historians, researchers, and others. While the University’s official response will be archived in the University Archives, Special Collections and the History of Medicine Collections seek personal accounts ranging from artistic reflection to direct accounts of the crisis. These documents can take the form of emails, journals, social media posts, photos, videos, audio recordings, or physical items.

Digital Donations

In order to simplify the donation process, we have set up a form that digital materials may be submitted through. If you would like to donate materials to this collection, please fill out the form and attach the materials. If your collection is over 25 MB, email us at and we will work with you to accept the materials. If you would like to refer or nominate material which you do not own, please indicate that in your message.

Submit your digital materials now!

Physical Donations

To make a physical donation, please contact us at to discuss the process. For more information please visit Vanderbilt Special Collections’ FAQ to learn about our general gift policy. Please be aware that for storage and preservation reasons, the Archive may not be able to take every physical donation.