Like many archives and museums across the country, we’re interested in documenting how you’re experiencing this extraordinary time of global pandemic. What have you seen and felt? How has it changed your routines and habits? How do you think it will impact the future?

Please consider contributing your thoughts and experiences to our collection project, Still Tide Together.

We will be collecting two types of submissions: immediate responses in the form of a text-based questionnaire, and, in the months to come, personal materials created during the pandemic.

About the Project

Who can submit?

Everyone’s experiences are important! However, we’re most interested in the impact to University of Alabama students, faculty, and staff, and to local community members. If you aren’t from the Tuscaloosa area or affiliated with the University, check with a university or cultural heritage program near you — they may be doing a similar documentation project.

Also note: We can’t accept submissions from people who are under 18, as they are not legally able to give permission regarding the disclosure of personal information.

What kind of materials are welcome?

Whatever reflects your experiences, from documentary or reflective items like diaries, scrapbooks, and photographs to creative works like poetry, prose, music, or visual art.

Digital submissions may include document, image, or audio files. A list of acceptable file types will be provided. We are unable to archive video formats.

How to Participate

Phase One: Questionnaire & Intent to Donate

You will have the opportunity to answer some open-ended questions about your experiences. We will also collect some very basic demographic information and ask you to fill out a donor agreement.

On the questionnaire, you will also be able to indicate if you have personal materials you’d like to donate, either physical or digital. We will follow up with you at a later date to explain how to deliver your materials.

Go to the questionnaire

Phase Two: Materials Donation

If you indicate on the questionnaire that you would like to donate materials, we will follow up with you to explain how and when.

Donation of physical items will be delayed until we are cleared to receive them. For digital materials, we will provide a link to an upload form, where we will also collect some basic information to identify the items.

All donations will be reviewed, and accepted materials will be archived together as a single collection. It will take some time for this collection to be made public, due to collection and processing time.

About your submission

When you submit your answers through our online survey, you will also respond to a set of permissions questions. These act as a donor agreement for your submission, allowing The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections to preserve your answers and make them available, online and in the repository, for researchers and the public. 

Questions? Email us at

Page of a handwritten letter from 1918 on YMCA stationery illustrating how the Influenza pandemic was perceived by soldiers during World War One
In October 1918, near the end of World War I, Tuscaloosa native Andrew L. Dawson was serving at a military hospital in England. His letters to his parents touch on what he’s seen and heard about the Influenza pandemic, both there and at training camps back home, showing how it affected and was perceived by soldiers. (View item online)
Cover of the 1943 student yearbook, The Corolla, featuring iconography of a soldier throwing a grenade and a football player throwing a football
The UA yearbook captured life on campus during the tumultuous years of World War II. With many students off to military training camps or service overseas, a group of mostly women students used text and images to document the major changes taking place on campus, from rationing food to turning over some of the dormitories to be used as training barracks. (View item online)