Archives & Special Collections invites students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to share with us your own stories of life in the pandemic through donations of personal reminiscences, diaries, blogs, websites, photos, and videos.

Archives & Special Collections at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library preserves the memory of CUIMC for future generations by collecting and making accessible both administrative records and donated personal papers in the form of correspondence, photographs, notebooks, audiovisual materials and more. 

The current COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically transformed the life of our community, perhaps for years to come. Archives & Special Collections hopes to capture the myriad experiences of the Medical Center now: the stories from our community cannot wait.

How Do I Participate?

Materials may be submitted through this linked form which will also give you information on copyright and privacy.  Maximum upload size is 100MB.  Archives & Special Collections accepts all file formats, but prefers text as PDF, audio and still images in final highest resolution version, and video in mp4.

If you have materials that exceed this size or have other questions about your donation, please contact Archives & Special Collections staff for guidance at

If you wish to donate physical materials such as signs and flyers, please hold on to these materials until the library building reopens. Please feel free to contact staff to advise on what materials to collect.

How Will This Material Be Used?

All donated materials will be processed by Archives & Special Collections staff and made available under staff supervision following our access policies.  Please consider that your material will be shared with researchers.

Those researchers wanting to quote from or otherwise use donated materials will be required to credit the creator.


Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

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