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SB Libraries to Document University’s Experience with COVID-19

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The coronavirus pandemic is a time like no other in U.S. history. The virus, which hit the New York area particularly hard, had Stony Brook University and Stony Brook University Hospital on high alert for months on end. 

Students during the Fall 2020 semester are wearing masks as a precaution against COVID-19 spread.
Students during the Fall 2020 semester are wearing masks as a precaution against COVID-19 spread.

The hospital not only saw the heroic actions of doctors and nurses already on Stony Brook Medicine’s staff, but was also assisted by visiting nurses; medical students who graduated early to help fight on the frontlines; doctors and researchers jumping on ways to find a possible cure as quickly as possible; and essential workers who played an integral role in ensuring every process and procedure ran as smoothly as possible. 

On the University’s main campus, 3D face shields were printed as a PPE shortage was looming; hand sanitizer was created by several in Department of Chemistry laboratories; and a prototype of a respirator, which could be assembled quickly and used if necessary, was put together by a collaborative team from across campus. 

Now, Stony Brook University Libraries has announced the development of “Documenting COVID-19: Stony Brook University Experiences,” a new digital archive project established to collect, preserve and publish the institutional history of Stony Brook University during this unprecedented moment in history. 

“The archive will primarily be formed from submissions received directly from students, faculty, staff and alumni that document life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interviews, first-hand accounts, flyers, photographs and more will be important sources to consult in the future to study, interpret and derive meaning from this historical time period,” said Kristen Nyitray, University Archivist and Director of Special Collections and University Archives at Stony Brook University.

The Stony Brook University community is invited to contribute to the archive by submitting content or participating in an interview via a dedicated web page, “Documenting COVID-19: Stony Brook University Experiences,” from which the library project team will collect information, photos, videos, personal stories and other COVID-19 related information.

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