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|Abstract||This collection contains donated and found materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection documents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s decision to suspend in-person classes, planning for Fall 2020 semester, and implementation of various policies and plans to address teaching, learning, and working at the university. The collection also includes personal accounts of the pandemic for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill affiliates as well as North Carolinians from the surrounding communities.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. University Archives.|
Processed by: Jessica Venlet, March 2021
Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, April 2021
Updated by: Dawne Howard Lucas and Jessica Venlet, August 2021, February 2022, June 2022, February 2023
Updated by: Rebecca Stubbs and Laura Smith, September 2022, April 2023Back to Top
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On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases nationwide. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pivoted to online learning at that time. This collection is an effort to document and identify for future researchers how the University, the Town of Chapel Hill, and surrounding communities responded to the pandemic.Back to Top
The collection contains donated and found materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection includes many websites and video content produced by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to share information about policies, procedures, "community standards,” and planning related to teaching, learning, and working during the pandemic. Collection of these materials began in March 2020. The collection contains material documenting a selection of virtual programming and events associated with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection contains statements and demands made by graduate student workers and the NC Public Service Workers Union regarding safe working conditions and compensation for workers. The collection contains websites, photographs, journals and other writings, and video documenting personal experiences of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty, staff and students as well as North Carolinians from surrounding communities. Some of these materials were donated following an open call for anyone to submit to the Carolina COVID-19 Archive.Back to Top
This series includes many websites and other content produced by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to share information about policies, procedures, "community standards," and planning related to teaching, learning, and working during the pandemic. Collection of these materials began in March 2020. This includes the Carolina Together website, select video messages from the Chancellor, teaching and learning resource websites, Office of Human Resources and Registrar policies, Carolina Athletics news, podcasts and other virtual programming, and more.
119 archived websites
The COVID-19 Pandemic web archive collection is organized into subject groups, which are listed alphabetically. Records include websites harvested through Archive-It beginning in 2020.
Groups include: Experiences and Virtual Events; News; Student and Worker Statements; UNC Covid-19 Information Portals; and UNC Health Care and Campus Health; University Administration; University Departments; University Athletics
The University Archives web archive collection also contains many university websites that share COVID-19 related information and stories. This includes The Well, UNC News, Chancellor’s website, UNC OHR website, and others.
This series includes websites and other content produced by members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community following an open calls for submissions to the Carolina COVID-19 Archive.
Carolina Covid-19 Archive contributor Kelly Alexander writes: Students in this American Studies course on Food and Identity (AMST 276) opened their hearts and minds to cooking and eating ‘apart together' during the pandemic. The course focus is on the ways in which food holds and sustains communities throughout history and across the globe, but also can be an incredibly divisive material, as the role of restaurants in the #MeToo movement shows. When the global COVID-19 crisis hit campus, I again reconsidered the power of food. This seminar involves intense discussions best conducted in person, so students can interpret their readings on food politics collectively. How could I sustain the community of our class now? The new plan: In lieu of our discussions, students would build an online archive called “Food in the Time of COVID-19.” Each student would document an emergent form of self-care for this new era among American college students by chronicling one dish each week they prepared wherever they were sheltering. The dish was to be accompanied by a write-up describing: why the food was chosen (including factors such as cost, availability of ingredients, and accessibility of tools and equipment); when and with whom it was consumed; and, finally, a photograph. The goal: An autoethnographic account of food as a material form of coping with a destabilizing present. To facilitate open and honest participation, I, too, submitted weekly entries. The best discovery was the way in which the students used their entries to “talk” to one another across space and time. I invite you to visit our struggles (and our humor) amid this range of cross-cultural culinary experiences we put together for ourselves and the UNC communituy.
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Submitted by Robin Gao. Gao writes "these documents were submitted as part of an auto-ethnography assignment for my ANTH 101 class. The handwritten document details the observations I made of my parents' behaviors and general goings-on around my household throughout October 2020. The typed document was meant to accompany the ethnography notes as a synthesis of anthropology concepts I had covered in (virtual) class."
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Diary submitted by Gavin J. Woolard. A PDF copy is available in the Digital Collections Repository. The orginal Google document version is available via Archive-It.
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Anonymously donated COVID-19 PCR positive test result notification. The test was administered by UNC Health.
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Carolina COVID-19 Archive contributor, Iv Culp, shared that this submission "features news articles, press releases and other media coverage about how Culp, Inc. pivoted its manufacturing facilities to produce PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. This allowed the CULP, INC. to be considered an "essential business" during the first months of the pandemic, and allowed the company to remain operational, keeping hundreds of people employed. CULP also donated masks to multiple organizations, charities and communities."
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Undergraduate student Jennifer Persia submitted this photo to the Carolina Covid-19 Archive in April 2022. Persia noted that this photo represents "reaching out from the void of bed to take my Zoom classes during the height of the pandemic."
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Contributor Dr. Kelly A. Hogan shared that "[this is] a video aimed at students in the College of the Arts and Sciences for some last day of class (LDOC) fun." The video was created on TikTok and also shared on Twitter.
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Photograph taken by Dawne Lucas while waiting to order ice cream at Maple View Farm, Hillsborough, N.C., 3 April 2021.
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Photographs and videos taken by Susan Worley on walks around Chapel Hill and the UNC campus between March 2020 and February 2021. Includes COVID-19 signs on campus and a Black Lives Matter march on Franklin Street.
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Diary submitted by Kieran Patel.
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Photographs of coronavirus and quarantine-related signs posted around Chapel Hill and Carrboro taken by Maria Estorino.
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Carolina COVID-19 Archive contributor Jefferson Hart writes, "Our family rock trio, Secret Monkey Weekend hosted a weekly half half hour variety-music-chat show for 19 weeks of the pandemic starting at the end of June and ending in November 2021. We featured interviews and music performances by well-loved and prominent NC music figures, some even legendary outside of NC. The show originated from our home in Durham, N.C. and the Zoom interviews took place from the homes of those being interviewed for safety purposes. We got so many comments over the months about how the show was unique compared to what was being seen in livestreams, Facebook Live and other staged performances as it was a fast paced and multi-faceted approach to entertaining, not just the music. That meant a lot to us." Secret Monkey Weekend donated seven of their favorite episodes to the Carolina COVID-19 Archive.
Personal blog of UNC professor Mimi V. Chapman, featuring occasional "virus diaries" posts.
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Short interviews conducted between April and June 2020 by the UNC Partnerships in Aging Program. Eight participants shared reflections on life during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders in North Carolina. Participants are identified by first name: Peggy (age 81), Brad (age 67), Bonnie (age 74), Kimberly (age 37), Cathy (age 66), Lisa (age 56), Jean (age 77), and Eva (age 69).
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The "Viewpoints on Resilient and Equitable Responses to the Pandemic" podcast was created by the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2020-2021. As noted on the podcast website, "The COVID-19 pandemic is causing people around the world to question how this virus will affect the many public and private systems that we all use." The podcast features experts from UNC who "discuss effective and equitable responses to the pandemic on subjects ranging from low-wage hospitality work, retooling manufacturing processes, supply chain complications, housing, transportation, the environment, and food security, among others."
Contains postcards and one poster written by UNC staff and others describing their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project led by Arts Everywhere, a campus initiative to make the arts a fundamental part of the University culture and daily campus life.
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The Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice created the Carolina Covid-19 Student Service Corps (Carolina CSSC) program to provide volunteer opportunities in service of COVID-19 related university protocols and operations. The program was active from summer 2020 to spring 2022. The group organized volunteers for activities such as social media campaigns, student outreach, support for move-in, support for Carolina Together Testing Program sites, and data review. The records include flyers, newsletters, volunteer executive board membership, photographs, and training videos.
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The Carolina Together Ambassador Program (CTA Program) was a volunteer run program that provided the campus community and visitors with information about COVID-19 related campus protocols. The program was managed by the Chancellor's Office Operational Excellence team and operated primarily in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. The records include photographs of ambassadors volunteering on campus, copies of news stories about the program, and the 2021-2022 annual report.
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A selection of videos from UNC Health related to COVID-19 press briefings, public service announcements, vaccine outreach, and gratitude for health care workers. The videos were selected from the UNC Health YouTube channel in 2022.
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