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Help Tell Arlington’s Story of the Pandemic

Arlington Public Library announces the COVID-19 Archives project, designed to create a comprehensive picture of Arlington during an extraordinary period in our history.

The Center for Local History (CLH) seeks donations of journals, photos, and objects to help document this time of difficulty and struggle, but also of resilience and hope.

“The experiences and the materials the Library collects will inform how our history is remembered and taught in the future,” said Library Director Diane Kresh.

Who can submit:

  • Individuals
  • Local businesses
  • Government agencies
  • Schools
  • Health care agencies
  • Civic associations
  • Other community organizations

Donations may include anything that illustrates how Arlington life has been affected and altered by the pandemic.

Examples include: photographs of your neighborhood, including signs or temporary artwork; personal papers such as diaries, journals, notes, lists or school lesson plans; meeting notes from civic associations, etc., on how to support neighbors; revised restaurant menus for pick-up, notification of special shopping hours.

American Preservation Week (April 26 – May 2, 2020) raises awareness of the need for preservation of collections of all kinds to tell the nation’s stories to future generations.

The CLH collects, preserves and shares historical documents that tell the history of Arlington County, its citizens, organizations, businesses and social issues. The CLH operates the Research Room at Central Library and the Community Archives program.

Visit the Library site for more information on the COVID-19 Archives project.