This Is Auburn Auburn University Libraries AUnique Time: The Auburn Family Documents the COVID Pandemic

AUnique Time

The Auburn Family Documents the COVID Pandemic

Samford Hall on the campus of Auburn University.

The Project

The Auburn University Special Collections and Archives Department invites all members of the Auburn Family (students, parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators) and the local Auburn community to submit collections and stories of their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. How has the pandemic altered your experience as an Auburn student on campus or as the parent or grandparent of an Auburn student? What was your life like during the lockdowns? How has the pandemic affected Auburn student organizations, alumni, athletes, band members, and others? How has the Auburn faculty adjusted to teaching online or balancing teaching decisions with health concerns? How have individuals and families in the local Auburn community adjusted to life during the pandemic?

How to Participate

The Archives is interested in preserving both physical collections and digital collections. This includes:

  • photographs
  • voice recordings
  • video recordings
  • written experiences
  • course syllabi
  • scrapbooks
  • diaries
  • other materials created and saved during the pandemic

If you have a physical collection that you would like to donate to Special Collections and Archives, please contact Tommy Brown at so that arrangements can be made for you to drop off your materials.

To donate digital materials, please fill out our online submission form. Here you will fill out some basic information, answer a few questions, and upload your items to the online archives.

Plaque dedicated to the Auburn women who served as volunteer nurses in 1918 during the influenza epidemic.
medical transport vehicle 1918
A medical transport vehicle used in Auburn during the 1918 influenza epidemic.
Auburn University Libraries circulation desk, 2020.

A Reminder

Please keep in mind that all donated collections, whether physical or digital, will be processed and will eventually be made available to researchers and future generations of Auburn family members who wish to study this remarkable time in American history.

Last updated: 04/24/2024