Austin History Center Seeks Your Submissions for its new COVID-19 Collection


The Austin History Center (AHC) is asking the public for submissions as it documents the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The center’s newest collection, “COVID-19 Files: Austin Responds to a Pandemic,” will document Austin life during the historic health crisis.

AHC wants photographs, documents, audio or video recordings, art, writing and other materials that document home and work life, creative life, neighborhood life, and life while social distancing and/or in quarantine. The center is also interested in materials related to the city’s small business owners and other workers affected by the crisis, as well as health care workers.

Those who want to share their story can upload materials directly to the AHC COVID-19 Files website. If you have a larger collection of materials contact media archivist Madeline Moya at

Anyone collecting and submitting content are urged to adhere to all issued safety precautions such as social distancing, to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“Storytelling and archival documentation can be empowering sources of hope and healing during our most painful times,” the center’s appeal reads. “We are living through a historic moment, and as the city’s archives, the Austin History Center seeks to share and preserve your stories documenting life in Austin during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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