Bemidji State University COVID-19 Community History Project

The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic moment for everyone, all across the world. Whether inflicted with the virus or not, people, families, businesses, education, economy, government—everything has been affected by it. This has been a time of uncertainty as we each try to cope with what’s going on in the world and in our hometowns.  

We’d like to make sure that, going into the future, we have a record of how Bemidji State University students, faculty, and staff dealt with the pandemic in real-time. We want to hear your stories: your thoughts, hardships, fears, and whatever joys you may have discovered during this time. Please consider sharing here on our Bemidji State University COVID-19 Community History Project page.   

How do I get started? 

Consider the following questions, and try incorporating them into your project. Or, if you’d rather, tell us your story through our questionnaire available on the submission form below.

  • Have you been following the news about the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19? 
  • What are things like at home now?
  • What has happened to your job, if you had one?
  • How are your classes going? What was it like to teach/take all of your classes online?
  • What has changed in your life?
  • What is hard about being quarantined, socially distanced, or isolated?
  • What are you looking forward to once the spread of the virus has suspended?
  • What do you think the future will look like?

What kind of content can I submit? 

We are interested in voice recordings, videos, photos, diary entries, interviews. Some examples? Photos of your homemade face masks, home workspace, new hobby, how you social distance, etc. Interview friends, family, or faculty members. These are just a few examples. We’re interested in anything related to how this event has affected you. Most formats are acceptable, including: .doc, .pdf, .mov., .mp3, .mp4, .jpeg, .wav, etc.

How do I submit my content? 

Files can be uploaded via our submission form below. For those not affiliated directly with Bemidji State University, relevant content can be submitted by emailing our Archives to request a form:

What will you do with this information? 

Archives allow us to learn about the past. The content you submit will be significant primary source material for future researchers. Your submissions will be organized and saved for a BSU University Archives COVID-19 collection.

How do I access the submission form?

The form is located below. If prompted, log in with your Bemidji State University credentials, specifically:

Faculty and Staff:
Password: StarID password

Password: StarID password




Thank you to Heidi Southworth at the Archives at Minnesota State Unviversity, Mankato for allowing us to use text and ideas from their project “COVID-19 Community History Project @ Minnesota State University, Mankato.”