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Stories from the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Resource Guide

This research guide focuses on Americans’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring collections at the Library of Congress and those outside of the Library. This guide also links to StoryCorps—a resource to share your own COVID-19 story.


Poster with rainbow and text "there's no quarantine on kindness, spread the love not the virus."
Sturm, Skye, artist. There's No Quarantine on Kindness--Spread Love Not the Virus. [Seattle], Amplifier, 2020. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. 

The COVID-19 pandemic created many changes in American society: previously unimaginable devastation and loss of life; advances in technology and media to meet humanity's need for connection; physical and geospatial changes as people quarantined; and social and psychological changes as humanity grappled with the "new normal." 

These changes also inspired many Americans to document their experiences with COVID-19. Since March 2020, thousands of people have contacted the Library of Congress to learn how to document their lives and for resources to understand this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. In early 2023, Congress recognized the importance of this documentation by passing the COVID-19 American History Project. The bill tasks the Library of Congress to “record, collect, and keep the stories of Americans impacted by the pandemic."

This research guide is a response to this Congressional mandate and the public’s interest. The guide provides links to COVID-19 collections within the Library of Congress and to online collections outside of the Library. These resources provide an expansive view into Americans’ experiences to life in a pandemic. This research guide also links to StoryCorps—a resource to document your own story, or to record the experiences of another, with COVID-19. In summary, this guide provides historical perspectives on American life, and an opportunity to document contemporary experiences, as COVID-19 transitions from a pandemic to an endemic in the United States.

Selections from the Library's Online Collections