Community sourcing a response to COVID-19: A campus oral history project records the experiences of Seton Hall University’s students, staff, and faculty during the pandemic

Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Sarah Ponichtera


In February 2020, the Seton Hall University Archives and Special Collections Center began the largely uncharted process of collecting and archiving the experiences of the university’s staff, students, and faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article describes the procedures put in place to crowdsource personal narratives and the decisions made to leverage the use of cell phones and social media—the new tools of oral history—to encourage participation by the community.

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