CSUDH Gerth Archives and Special Collections Documenting COVID-19

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections is inviting Southern Los Angeles County and Toro Nation community members to contribute materials that document their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The submissions will then be made available in a digital collection that will be accessible through the Gerth Archives and Special Collections website.


As you prepare materials for submission, consider how the evidence you’ve collected during the pandemic tells the story of COVID-19 and its impact on your personal, academic, and/or professional life. How do your materials reflect the changing dynamics or routines in your home, workplace, or community? We encourage submissions from diverse perspectives that illustrate daily life during quarantine. Potential subject matter includes social distancing, the transition to alternative learning formats, relocating from student housing, what it is like to be an essential worker, or changes in daily routines, family dynamics, and interactions with others.


Submissions may include:


  • Digital photos or scans
  • Video and audio recordings
  • Letters, emails, and other correspondence
  • Journal and diary entries
  • Social media posts, publicly accessible web pages, and PDFs
  • Creative art such as drawings, paintings, and poetry
  • Any other digital media that illustrates the effect of the pandemic on your academic, social, family, and extracurricular life


Thank you for helping us with this important effort to collectively record the story of this unprecedented time in history. Your contributions are a crucial part of telling the story of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. 


Please comply with the county and state’s safer-at-home order when self-documenting.


Submit materials through this Google Form.


If you have any physical materials you would like to donate to the Gerth Archives and Special Collections, please contact archives@csudh.edu for more information.


For other questions, please contact us by email at archives@csudh.edu or phone: (310) 243-3895.