The History Center’s COVID-19 Collecting Project

Help Us Document History as It Happens

This pandemic is an unprecedented experience for most living Americans. History Center staff is diligently working to collect Central Florida history as it is happening. We hope to preserve the experiences, thoughts, and feelings of everyday Central Floridians during this unique time for future use as a resource to help communities, medical institutions, researchers, and policymakers respond to future pandemics. To learn more about the project, click here.

Who Can Participate

Anyone living, working, or visiting our seven-county region (Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, and Volusia counties).

What We Are Collecting

We are currently asking for digital donations of the items listed below. If you’d like to donate something that’s not on this list, or if you have physical items you’d like to donate, please contact Lesleyanne Drake at Lesleyanne.Drake@ocfl.net.

Photographs
  • Images documenting how COVID-19 has affected you or your community. This might include pandemic-related signs, deserted spaces, local businesses, people observing (or not observing) social-distancing guidelines, once-ordinary activities and events that are different now, health care, grocery-store shelves, how you and your family are surviving quarantine, e-learning and other activities that have gone virtual, etc.
  • Please do not put yourself at risk in order to take a photograph. Always adhere to CDC guidelines for protecting yourself and others from possible infection.
  • Use these formats: JPG, PNG, or TIF.
Audio or video recordings
  • Record yourself, or yourself and others, talking about how COVID-19 has affected your life.
  • Please keep recordings under 25 minutes.
  • Not sure what to talk about? For a list of possible questions, click here.
  • Use these formats: MP3, .MP4, .WAV, .MOV.
Journal entries
  • Write about how COVID-19 has affected your life.
  • No length requirement
  • Not sure what to write about? For a list of prompt suggestions, click here.
  • Use these formats: .DOCX, .ODT, .TXT., .PDF.
Community response
  • We are working to digitally archive Central Florida-related articles, social media posts, memes, websites, and other online content surrounding COVID-19. If you see something online that you think we might’ve missed, please email the URL to Lesleyanne Drake at Lesleyanne.Drake@ocfl.net.
  • Out of respect for others’ privacy and copyrights, please send only freely and publicly available content that has been published online in the form of a URL, or content that you have created yourself.

Donation Form

About your submission

Please include as much information as possible: names, location details, backstory, etc.

About you

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 10 files.

What Happens Next

After you submit your materials, you will be sent an email confirmation that we have received them. If your submission is selected for inclusion in the museum’s permanent collection, we will follow up with the appropriate donation paperwork. If you want to know more about how and why we choose to add items to our collection, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Lesleyanne Drake at Lesleyanne.Drake@ocfl.net.

Photographs below by Alex Menendez

The interior at Orlando International Airport remains functional but mostly empty to air passengers due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

The interior at Orlando International Airport remains functional but mostly empty to air passengers due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

A man wearing a face mask creates 3D face mask parts from a customized template he designed.

Fernando Sosa, a volunteer member of a group called Covid Mask Makers Orlando, creates 3D face mask parts from a customized template he designed in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. The masks, once prepared by other volunteers, will be washed, sanitized and donated to medical professionals across the country who are running out of critical protective equipment supplies.

An aerial view of Walt Disney World closed to the public due to the Coronavirus threat on March 23, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

Walt Disney World remains closed to the public due to the Coronavirus threat on March 23, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

A man in a white jumpsuit and glove administers testing to a man in a car at the University of Central Florida parking garage.

Appointment only testing for Coronavirus (Covid-19) has begun in the University of Central Florida parking garage lot A on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.