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Documenting COVID-19 in Southern Los Angeles County Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SPC-2020-018

Scope and Contents

The Documenting COVID-19 collection (February 2020-May 2021) comprises digital photographs, diaries, artworks, and other materials that were created and submitted by California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Southern Los Angeles County community members. The collection reflects their first-hand experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic that started in March 2020. It includes 102 diaries, essays, and letters (.pdf), 17 blog posts (.pdf), 119 digital photographs (.jpg), 12 videos (.mp4), 1 sound recording (.mp3), 7 artworks (.pdf)(.jpg), 1 poem (pdf), and 3 periodicals (.pdf), and two boxes of Daily Breeze newspaper articles as of May 2021. Diaries were written as assignments for various classes and focused on students' experience with online learning, quarantine with their family, being an essential worker during the pandemic, as well as other changes to their daily life caused by COVID-19. Digital photographs depict the changes to local stores, public gathering places, and signage. Many digital photographs show people wearing masks, social distancing, and the closures of beaches and parks. The videos collected are short clips of what interactions look like taking place at a distance, CSUDH resilience ambassador messages, a video submitted by the CSUDH Asian and Pacific Islanders Graduation Committee regarding a virtual graduation celebration, and a video regarding the launch of a new bachelor's degree in the Asian Pacific Studies department. Blog posts by local community members are about events and changes that took place during the quarantine. Two periodicals describe local news events. One periodical is a study of CSUDH students and their stress and wellbeing during quarantine. There is a single sound recording of an interview that took place with someone who lived in a building where people were not complying with the face mask recommendation. Artwork collected includes a coloring book created by the Queer Culture and Resource Center, as well as student collages, artwork created for the CSUDH SLICE newsletter, and a photograph of artwork created by a faculty member in the CSUDH art department.

Dates

  • circa February 2020-May 2021

Physical Description

approximately 3 linear feet (2 oversize boxes) and 9.599 GB (262 digital files)

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection except for one digital and various physical news articles that are restricted to on-site use only.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical / Historical

Coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as "COVID-19," was classified as a pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization. California State University campuses closed and moved to virtual instruction on March 17, 2020. On March 20, 2020 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called for a “safer at home” order, which limited non-essential activities. Since its establishment as a pandemic, COVID-19 has reached over 60,000,000 cases globally as of November 2020, according to the World Health Organization. In April 2020, the Gerth Archives and Special Collections at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) began the “Documenting COVID-19 in Southern Los Angeles County” project. The purpose of the project was to document the experiences of CSUDH and Southern Los Angeles County community members during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide a way for community members to share their story. The Gerth Archives and Special Collections called for submissions of photos, videos, diaries, art, and other digital media that represented daily life during quarantine. The project welcomed submissions about a wide array of subject matter in the context of COVID-19, including social distancing, the move to online instruction, essential work, and other changes to life amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Extent

262 digital items

9.599 Gigabytes

2 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Spanish; Castilian

Overview

This collection documents the COVID-19 pandemic as experienced by California State University, Dominguez Hills and Southern Los Angeles County community members. This collection includes student diaries, essays, letters, blogs, digital photographs, videos, local periodicals, and artworks. All materials in this collection are born-digital items, except for two boxes of Daily Breeze newspaper articles which are restricted to on-site use only. Material in this collection is available to view at:Documenting COVID-19 Collection

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in one series by submission date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material in this collection was donated by CSUDH students, staff, faculty, alumni; and Southern Los Angeles County community members from March 2020-May 2021.

Physical Description

approximately 3 linear feet (2 oversize boxes) and 9.599 GB (262 digital files)

Processing Information

Digital materials processed by Marissa Chavez in 2020; and Karen Clemons 2021
Title
Inventory of the Documenting COVID-19 in Southern Los Angeles County Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Marissa Chavez
Date
2020-12; 2021-07
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747
310-243-3895