University Archives Seeks Community Input for COVID-19 Community History Project

June 19, 2020 | News Story

a group of people outside a buildingMankato, Minn. – University Archives at Minnesota State University, Mankato is working on a COVID-19 community history project and is asking the community for help.

The project seeks to collect, preserve and provide access to experiences of individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic by documenting the stories and feelings of students, employees, alumni and community members.

These personal experiences can be in the form of self-documentation (such as journals, diaries, reflective essays, creative works, scrapbooks, etc.), through the submission of “Your COVID-19 Story” through the project website and/or oral history interviews.

University archives invites participation from individuals who are residents of any of the 12 counties covered by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center (Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Waseca, and Watonwan).

To learn more, visit the project site at

Those wishing to participate or with questions may send an email to

The University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center contains records from the creation of the Mankato Normal School in 1868 to the present and the surrounding twelve county region.

The University Archives ( is the official repository of the records of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The Southern Minnesota Historical Center ( documents the history of individuals, organizations, and businesses from South Central Minnesota.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,297 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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