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Taylor University's COVID-19 Community Archive


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In the future, researchers will study the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Charts and graphs will be easy to find, but what about the stories of those of us who experienced it? What if there were an archive of what the Taylor community was like during the 2020 pandemic?

Welcome to the Taylor University COVID-19 Community Archive Initiative, organized by the Ringenberg Archives & Special Collections. The goal of this project is to create a community archive that will collect, preserve, and make accessible the story of Taylor University during this unprecedented time.



Current faculty, students, staff, and administrators of Taylor University are considered primary contributors. However, materials from parents, alumni, and friends of the University will also be considered. 



Some examples of content that are appropriate for submission include:

  • A written reflection or response (see below for some prompts and additional information)
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Physical works of art (photography, drawings, sidewalk chalk, etc.)
  • Musical works of art (a song or spoken word that you created)
  • Your daily routine or schedule

These are only a few examples. We welcome documentation that represents individual experiences, and also documentation that specifically represents your Taylor experience during this time. Submissions may be in the form of digital photographs, text files, PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, or video files.



Complete the Content Submission Form and then email a file of your work to If your file is too large to email, contact and we'll find an alternative file-sharing solution.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions is also available for reference, or you can email with any questions. 

Thank you for helping us capture the Taylor experience, which includes the individual experiences of its members, during this time in history. 



These are just a few prompts to help frame your contribution or inspire a response:

  • When and how did you become aware of the pandemic? What were your initial thoughts? Did your response change over time? 

  • Where were you living during the pandemic? If you were a student living in a residence hall, what was it like to leave campus? If you were a student who remained on campus, what was that like?

  • In what ways has your daily life changed because of the pandemic?

  • If you are a student or faculty member, share about the transition to virtual learning for the Spring semester. What do you miss the most about on-campus classes? What are some challenges and/or benefits to this type of course delivery?

  • One hashtag that has been used related to this situation is #notdefinedbygeography as it relates to the Taylor community. How do we pursue intentional community during a time of social distancing and virtual learning?

  • In what ways will this situation shape or define your Taylor experience?  

  • When future researchers study this period of Taylor's history, what would you want them to know or understand about the Taylor community during this time?


Your work cannot violate copyright in any way (this includes having copyrighted music playing in the background of a video/audio file, not giving proper credit to another work, etc.)

Your work will be publicly available and downloadable to a worldwide audience.

Your work may not violate any Taylor University policies and should consider our community standards and expectations with regard to content.‚Äč

You may submit more than one work. The collection will remain open and submissions will be accepted until further notice.