The Hub COVID-19 Memory Archive Project Exhibit

COVID-19 Memory Archive Project Exhibit

The Thomas A. Edge Archives & Special Collections is excited to announce the launch of the COVID-19 Memory Archive Project Exhibit.

Over the past year, the Thomas A. Edge Archives & Special Collections has been collecting survey responses and digital submissions from the Athabasca University community that reflect our individual and shared experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Team members, learners, alumni, and the larger Athabasca community have shared their COVID-19 stories, photos, video blogs, poems, art, and other personal anecdotes to help us build a collection documenting some of our community’s day-to-day lives during this period. This diversity of digital submissions touches on many aspects of life during a pandemic, with some common themes including pets, working from home, community, crafts and hobbies, and personal reflections on how life has changed.

"I started making masks in March in anticipation of needing one and I don't like using disposable products. I went searching online for patterns and realized there were dedicated sewers that were making masks to donate. I started with the 3 layers of cotton pleated ones, added nose wire, and then made patterns for various fitted styles. My kids were my testers. They provide feedback whether I ask or not." —Jody

With over 50 submissions, the exhibit shows perspectives and experiences from across the globe. We have had contributions from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, the Northwest Territories, the United States, South Africa, Vietnam, and Indonesia!

The COVID-19 Memory Archive Project Exhibit is available to view now!

As we all continue to grapple with this pandemic, the Thomas A. Edge Archives & Special Collections will continue to collect memories to document this unprecedented time in our lives.

We are still accepting submissions and have updated our survey to reflect the past year—please visit our website and contribute to this important project.

"My wife and my son, hand in hand, within minutes of my son's birth in March 2020, at the delivery room of the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My son's birth was both a happy occasion and a trying time because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of scientific information on how the coronavirus impacts newborns." —Sami
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  • May 11, 2021