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Bereans and COVID-19 Initiative: Guide
Tell your story
Tell YOUR Story
In this unprecedented historical moment, the Berea College Special Collections and Archives (SCA) invites Berea College students, faculty, staff, and alumni to share your experiences during this challenging interlude of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through documenting a variety of experiences, we hope to foster connections within our community and preserve a record of our individual and shared experiences for posterity.
We need YOU to be a primary source
The ongoing public health crisis is affecting people all over the world, including Bereans. We want to know how YOU have been affected, so we have created the Bereans and COVID-19 Collection. If you are a student, staff or faculty member, or a Berea alum, consider this an opportunity to add your voice to the historical record.
Why your documentation is important
SCA actively collects and preserves both historical and contemporary records of the College. Through the Bereans and COVID-19 documentation initiative, we hope to minimize silences in the record by receiving contributions from as many Berea community members as are willing to share them.
Ideas for Contributions
Not sure where to start or how to participate?
We want you to document and reflect upon your current lived experience. This can include personal pieces or materials that keep you connected to others. SCA will do its best to include all types of materials and formats in the collection.
Prose, poetry, self-reflections
Diaries and journals (excerpts from)
Emails, fliers, publications, and announcements
Sound or video recordings
Photographs or screen shots of social media posts
Art work, sketches, and drawings
Multimedia works of digital storytelling
What you need to know about donating your documents
Rights of the Donor and SCA
Upon submitting materials to the Berea College Special Collections and Archives (SCA) as part of the Bereans and COVID-19 Initiative, donors will be asked to certify that they are the creator and owner of all submitted materials. In submitting materials, donors will retain copyright of materials; however, donors will give license to Berea College, its successors and assigns, to add materials to the archives of Berea College and make them available to qualified persons subject to standard archival practices. Some materials may be made accessible digitally. Materials may be utilized, at the discretion of the SCA, in exhibits and displays.
Submissions continue to be accepted
Access to Collection
Submissions will not be available immediately to the public. Upon review and processing of submissions, the collection will be made publicly accessible through the SCA Reading Room. Some materials may be made accessible digitally.
Course Integrated Materials
Faculty: Are you including content or coursework pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic within one of your courses?
Please email Tim Binkley, Head of Special Collections and Archives, if you are interested in submitting course materials and/or working with students to submit their materials to the Bereans and COVID-19 Initiative.
Highlight: Monday Messages to Students from Alumni during COVID-19 Pandemic
Mail both your materials and your signed Submittal Form to:
Berea College Special Collections and Archives
Berea, KY 40404
To submit your materials in person at the SCA:
SCA and Hutchins Library is currently open to on-campus faculty, staff, and students. You many submit your materials at our reception desk if you are an on-campus faculty, staff or student.
Can someone submit more than one item or have multiple submissions? Yes. There are no limits to the number of materials submitted or the number of times one can make a submission. Additionally, one can submit more than one item per Submit Form as long as the maximum file size (3 MB) is not exceeded.
Have Questions? Need more information?
Please contact us if you have questions about this initiative or submitting materials: