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Share your story

In an effort to capture and preserve the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community, the West Virginia and Regional History Center is asking for volunteers to document their experiences of this extraordinary time. The WVRHC is inviting WVU students, faculty, and staff of all campuses and WVU Medicine to submit open and honest personal accounts of their lives during the coronavirus outbreak. These accounts, be they diaries, audio recordings, photographs, or scrapbooks, will help future generations understand the effect the pandemic had on our community. We will accept physical materials, so don’t let format constrain your creativity! We're happy to answer any additional questions you may have. You can reach us at:

Just have a handful of items you'd like to submit? Use our Quick Submit form!

Your material will be included in an online exhibition documenting the impact of COVID-19 on the WVU community. If you decide, at any time, that you would prefer not to have your material online, you can email us at: There will be a way to opt-out in the online exhibition as well.


Submit your story

For larger collections of material, please use our standard Submission Form

Send physical materials to:

COVID-19 Stories project
c/o West Virginia and Regional History Center
P.O. Box 6069
1549 University Ave.
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6069

Please fill out the online submission form even if you're sending physical materials.


Personal Health Information

While we want you to share your experiences, personal health information covered under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), should only be included if it is your own personal information. Please do not include the personal health information of any other person.

1918 Influenza Flu Pandemic

Want to learn about how folks lived during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and the materials the WVRHC holds documenting this era in West Virginia and here at WVU? Curious how your materials could be used by historians in the future?

1918: Looking Back at World War I and the Spanish Flu

A century apart, pandemics have parallels in WVU's response



Inspiration: Prompts


In the electronic submission form, you will be asked to electronically sign a Deed of Gift. For your convenience, we've included the text below.

This Deed of Gift is made between you, the donor, and the WVU Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”), a not-for-profit, charitable, education foundation, Federal ID 55-6017181, for the benefit of the West Virginia & Regional History Center, WVU Libraries.

By submitting this work, you grant West Virginia University Libraries the non-exclusive right to reproduce, transform(as defined below), and/or distribute your submissions (including the abstracts and metadata) worldwide in any medium or format and royalty-free, including, but not limited to, publication over the internet. If you accept this license, you or the copyright owner still retain the copyright to your works.
You agree that the WVU Libraries may transform the submissions to any medium or format, known now or in the future, for the purpose of preservation.

You agree that the WVU Libraries may keep more than one copy of these submissions for purposes of security, back-up, and preservation. You represent that the submissions are your original work, and/or that you have the right to grant the rights contained in this license. You also represent that your submissions do not, to the best of your knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright and agree to indemnify and hold WVU Libraries harmless from any claims of copyright infringement based on your submissions.

If the submissions contain material for which you do not hold copyright, you represent that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant the WVU Libraries the rights required by this license, and that such third-party owned material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the submission.

You agree that the WVU Libraries may make such changes to the items’ metadata (i.e. descriptive information) as deemed necessary by WVU Libraries staff to make the item more accessible.


Need help?

Remember, you can reach a trained counselor through the Carruth Center or the Crisis Text Line by texting WVU to 74174. It is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

Lori Hostuttler

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Lori Hostuttler
Room 6326: WV & Regional History Center