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Marriott Library archiving Utahns’ experience during COVID-19 pandemic

University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Staff at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah have created a digital archive where individuals can share their experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are asking Utah residents to share photos and stories to be added to the Utah COVID-19 Digital Collection, which is free and open to the public.

“We hope the community will help us preserve a bit of current history,” Jeremy Myntti, head of digital library services at the Marriott Library, said in a statement. “Although we may not feel like we’re making history, everyone’s story is important through this pandemic. Have you figured out how to work from home? What social distancing measures have you put into practice to make sure you and your loved ones are safe? We want to see and hear it all.”

Myntti and the digital library services team are also eager to see stories and photos related to the earthquake that occurred during the COVID-19 outbreak in the Salt Lake Valley in March.

“Through this project, we hope to preserve a moment in history so future generations can get a glimpse into what life in Utah looked like during the pandemic,” said Myntti. “No matter how interesting or dull your story may feel to you right now, sharing your story will help people better understand the effects this pandemic has on everyone.”

To learn more about the project, or to submit photos and stories, log on to attheu.utah.edu/facultystaff/add-to-the-utah-covid-19-digital-collection.