We recognize that this is an unprecedented period of hardship and loss for so many in Austin. Longtime Austin businesses are shutting their doors for the first time, signature community events have been cancelled, and essential city systems have been strained and ever-changing. We have also witnessed remarkable instances of connection, creativity, and solidarity as we strive to keep our Austin communities together. Storytelling and archival documentation can be empowering sources of hope and healing during our most painful times. We are living through a historic moment, and as the city’s archives, the Austin History Center seeks to share and preserve your stories documenting life in Austin during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Files: Austin Responds to a Pandemic aims to be a gathering point for community narratives, images, records, art, and other forms of response to the impacts of COVID-19. How is this affecting your life, family, or business? What feelings are you experiencing? Have you noticed any new changes, strategies, or realizations? Upload your experiences to this project and be a part of history.
Ways to share your story:
- Write: Keep a Journal, write poetry, pen a script
- Create Art: Draw or paint
- Start a video blog or speak into a recorder
- Take photographs or video of your environment/community/life in quarantine
- Upload records from your business that document how it responded to the crisis (social media graphics, e-mail or mail correspondence, business announcements, etc.)
- Save your social media posts
We will be collecting stories throughout the duration of the crisis. If you have paper materials you wish to donate, you can scan them and send digital copies now, then bring the originals to the Austin History Center when we resume normal business hours.
Have a larger collection of materials you wish to donate, materials with sensitive information, or any other questions about donations? Contact us here.
Donations in any language are welcome.
In gathering your thoughts and stories, please adhere to all issued safety precautions, such as social distancing, to minimize the spread of COVID-19. For the most current public information, please continue to visit: https://austintexas.gov/COVID19.