What will Americans know about the COVID-19 pandemic one hundred years from now? How will our great-grandchildren understand what Americans experienced during the pandemic? How did people's experiences with COVID-19 differ based on where they lived, their work, and/or their identities? Thanks to the tireless efforts of individuals and organizations in the United States, a wealth of primary source materials exists to answer these questions.
Below are collections outside of the Library of Congress which focus on COVID-19 experiences from national, state, and regional perspectives. These collections provide a living archive of COVID-19 stories and an opportunity to look deeply at how individuals experienced COVID-19 differently. These materials elucidate the lived experiences of medical workers, teachers, musicians, and other Americans whose lives were affected by COVID-19. Some also highlight the experiences of specific communities—such as African Americans in the Deep South or the Chinese diaspora in the United States.
Do you have a collection that you would like to add to this research guide? If so, please send your suggestion to the Folklife Reference Team at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center, via email to [email protected] or via our Ask A Librarian service.