COVID-19 Oral History Project
Project Description

The COVID-19 Oral History Project is a rapid response oral history focused on archiving the lived experience of the COVID-19 epidemic. We have designed this project so that professional researchers and the broader public can create and upload their oral histories to our database. All the data that participants collect and produce will be open access, open-source, and shared with researchers and the public through the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Library and the Covid-19 Archive. The dataset will serve as

  • a historical archive that compiles oral histories about the experience of living through the COVID-19 pandemic 

  • a tool that allows individuals and communities to express their understandings, hopes, beliefs, and values about the COVID-19 pandemic

  • a resource to help researchers, policymakers, activists, artists, and communities interpret and respond to current and future pandemics. The COVID-19 Oral History Project is housed at the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute. We are a partner project with The Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of Covid19

In addition to the website, we have developed (and are continuing to develop) training modules for the project. Additionally, the project curates ad exhibits oral histories at the Journal of the Plague Year.

Contact Infomation: First name
Contact Information: Last name
Contact Information: Position title
Director, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute; Professor of History
Contact Information: Institutional affiliation
Indiana University Indianapolis
Contact Information: Email address
jaskelly [at]

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA