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Whitman College Coronavirus Stories Collection

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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): Keithahn, Antonia
Date
April 19-25, 2020
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"Pandemic 2020 Participant" Ribbon, made from pieced black and dark red felt, and pleated fabric, with embroidered text and embellishments, including three small COVID-19 viruses, stitched with white, red, and light gray embroidery floss.

2 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Johnson, Hitomi
Date
March 30-May 14, 2020
Description

Time stopped for the student's bicycle: Spring came and gone, but the forlorn bicycle just collects debris.

2 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Walden, Dana
Date
April 29, 2020
Description

This is a picture of the masks I have been making for my family and friends. They are all unfinished and in various stages of the sewing process.

Date
April 4-25, 2020
Description

Part of my RA work includes writing weekly logs to turn in to my RD talking about how I'm doing and how the residents are. I've included the parts of my log that are specifically about me and how I'm doing during this time.

4 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Black, Fi
Date
May 6, 2020
Description

This is the final project for my sculpture class. With the prompt being "coronavirus tool," I made a wall of cellophane and called it “distintimacy” where you can be intimate closely without a mask. This was not a permanent installation, just a temporary one we took down for safety reasons.

3 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Kelso, Harry
Date
February 7, 2020
Description

As the coronavirus started its descent into Seattle and other first hit areas, I went to see Macy's in downtown Walla Walla before it closed. I particularly wanted to see what is in these pictures, the old movie palace that is part of the historic building. You can see below the eagle where the screen would have been, and the rafters in the other picture. Hopefully it is not torn down! Whitman members were ruminating about the possibility of Whitman purchasing the site.

2 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Rhodes, Lauren
Date
April 26, 2020
Description

Stuck social distancing doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the outdoors, just be 6ft apart from everyone else. This weekend I was feeling particularly claustrophobic so I decided a hike (Mill Creek Trails). It was particularly empty and desolate while I was there walking aimlessly along different trails (7 miles in total I did).

5 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Black, Fi
Date
May 6, 2020
Description

Photographs of signs on the doors of Stanton Hall ranging from “occupied,” to "do not pack," to "okay to pack," to "empty okay to clean." One day they just showed up.

3 Items in Collection
Date
April 11, 2020
Description

These photos capture intimacy during the coronavirus. My friend has an immunocompromised housemate so I can't see her right now, so we do a lot of FaceTime calls! Then I got sad and missed hugging her, so we each put on two garbage bags, I put on plastic bag gloves and a mask, she just put her whole upper body in the bag completely covered in plastic, and then we hugged.

2 Items in Collection
Date
April 11, 2020
Description

I go to Safeway about once a week, and I saw new graffiti that said Fuck Trump with a winky face. This was after the entrances closed, and the face shields were placed, and the 6 feet apart footprints were put down, so it's background political commentary.

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Creator (cre): Rhodes, Lauren
Date
April 19, 2020
Description

I created two paintings to encompass my thoughts on quarantine. The colorful and textured background showcases the livelihood of life. While the silhouette backs of the woman and man in white represents having to turn their backs on that life in the time being to flatten the curve.

2 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Hansen, Jason
Date
April 8, 2020
Description

Three of the photos are pictures around Walla Walla (Ankeny, Isaac's street, and Reid Campus Center) that felt isolated during April (times of Covid 19) while on a grocery run. Two photos are my adjusted study area during Covid 19.

5 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Sassara, Katy
Creator (cre): Wu, Tasia
Date
March 14-22, 2020
Description

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.