The Ryerson Library invites community members to contribute to our own local COVID-19 Digital Archive. Our goal in developing this portal is to serve as a repository for those of us – students, faculty, staff and alumni of Ryerson University – who may be documenting their current experiences during these troubling times. Such grassroots primary source documentation, in its inevitable myriad forms, will be of significant value to future researchers studying these times, and may also serve as a cathartic outlet for those of us moved to create. The Ryerson COVID-19 Digital Archive seeks to preserve and make accessible content that was captured and created by community members about their lived experiences. 

Community members are encouraged to contribute original digital content from a wide variety of possible formats including photographs, videos, diaries, journals and other written content related to COVID-19. Contributed content will eventually be made publicly available.

Examples of possible content:

  • Images: photographs, screen captures of social media, communications, artwork, and other expressions of the moment
  • Audio files, songs, spoken word performances etc.
  • Videos, gifs, or other short moving image clips
  • Journals, diaries, fiction, poetry, any other written content
  • Files: protest posters, community notices, emails, announcements

Submission Guidelines:

  • Content must be related to COVID-19 as detailed above.
  • Content must be generated and submitted by a member of the Ryerson community including Students, Staff, Faculty, or Alumni.
  • File size of contributed content does not exceed 100MB.
  • Metadata submitted is deemed to be accurate by the administrator.
  • Submitted content does not infringe on any existing copyright.