Whitman College Coronavirus Stories Collection


In collaboration with students in Library 160: Documentation and Representation in Archives, the Whitman College and Northwest Archives created the Whitman Coronavirus Stories Project to capture the Whitman community’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Whitman classes were moved online for the remainder of the semester. The project aims to document how students, faculty and staff are impacted as they work, teach and learn from home, and practice social distancing. The goal is to collect the stories, experiences, and evidence of our changed lives, both the painful and difficult, and the unexpectedly beautiful and hopeful. Academic, creative, artistic or reflective submissions are encouraged and accepted. To read more about the project and how to participate, visit our website: https://library.whitman.edu/blog/whitman-coronavirus-stories/. We invite continued submissions of stories to this project. To make a submission, click here.

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Creator (cre): Sassara, Katy
Creator (cre): Wu, Tasia
March 14-22, 2020

This is a selection of text exchanges between my roommate and friend Tasia Wu and I as we were making the transition from attending classes on campus to remote learning, as well as personal and national developments regarding the pandemic.