COVID19 Community Archive is community-driven digital archive of life in Saskatchewan during the COVID-19 pandemic. It uses a multi-pronged collections approach: 1) materials related to everyday life, including: personal accounts, testimonies, diaries, social media; 2) materials related to the local public discourse, including: news releases, policy changes, school closures, essential services declarations; 3) science during COVID-19, including information about: laboratory shut downs, VIDO’s response, strategic initiatives, and research delays. The collections strategy during the pandemic will be augmented by post-COVID collections, in particular, digital interviews that will accompany the collection and represent perspectives from COVID-19 survivors, essential service providers, vaccine researchers, school teachers, and parents, etc.

The project is made possible through a close partnership between the University Library and USask researchers in the College of Arts and Science

Project leadership:

  • Jim Clifford, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Erika Dyck, Canada Research Chair, History of Health & Social Justice, Department of History
  • Craig Harkema, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Co-Director, Digital Research Centre
  • Tim Hutchinson, Head, University Archives and Special Collections

Team members:

  • Derek Cameron, Graduate Researcher, Department of History
  • Simonne Horwitz, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Erin Matthews, Undergraduate Researcher, Department of History
  • Alex Litster-Paramor, Undergraduate Researcher, Department of History
  • Joel Salt, Digital Scholarship Co-ordinator, Digital Research Centre
  • John Yobb, Manager, Library Systems and Information Technology