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COVID-19 Community History Project

This page is designed to support the community history project to document the COVID-19 experience of Minnesota State University, Mankato students, employees, friends and family and community members.

Individual Experiences

What do you mean by Individual Experience?

Everyone is experiencing the COVID-19 Pandemic differently.  While oral history is one way to document this experience, we know that not everyone is comfortable sharing their experiences in that format.  There are many types of personal (or individual) experiences that people can do to share their story without involving others. 

What type of Individual Experience will be accepted for this project?

Here are some examples of types of individual experiences we are interested in collecting:

  • Journals or diaries that document this time
  • Reflection papers
  • Self-Interviews (Audio or video recordings)
  • Creative works (poetry, drawings, comics, scrapbook, etc.)
  • Images of your experiences (photographs, brief videos, etc.)
  • Scrapbooks

If you have an idea not listed here, please contact the Archives.

What forms and resources are available for this project?

Please see the Forms page to get appropriate forms and sample questions.  Additional information about types of individual experiences can be found in the Resources for this Project pageFormat requirements can be found on the How to Submit page.

Oral History Interviews

What is an Oral History Interview?

An oral history interview is where one person interviews another about their experiences.  They are usually recorded (audio or video).  It can be about aspects of a person’s life or around a specific experience. 

What is expected of an Oral History Interview for this Project?

For this project, oral histories will be recorded and should include some background information about the person being interviewed and then focus on their experiences during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. 

Interview lengths can vary significantly but are likely to range from 15-60 minutes.   

Individuals can be interviewed multiple times throughout the pandemic to document their ongoing experience.  We recommend the same interviewer be used in this situation.

What forms and resources are available for this project?

Please see the Forms page to get appropriate forms and sample questions.  Additional information about conducting oral histories can be found in the Resources for this Project page.

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