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Pandemic Parallels: 1918 & 2020: Home

A look at the 1918 influenza pandemic through the lens of 2020's Coronavirus


Welcome to Archives and Special Collection’s online exhibit and resource page on the history of the campus experience of the 1918 Influenza and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemics. Please note that this exhibit is still in progress, and we will be continuing to update and add to it, so check back for even more content!

Archiving COVID-19

Archiving Your Coronavirus Story

The Archives is collecting personal stories documenting how the COVID-19 pandemic affects the lives of UNC students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other UNC community members. The UNC Archives exists to preserve and provide access to campus history. By acquiring the recorded stories from the campus community we can document this extraordinary time in history, building a valuable resource for future students, historians, and scholars. 

Newspapers, websites, and official documents will provide general and factual information about campus reactions and impact, but your personal, day-to-day social and emotional experiences will record what life was really like during the 2020 pandemic. This is the information we seek to capture and the information that future historians will want to know.

There are several ways that you can help build a robust historical record. Be a part of UNC history by contributing journal entries, photographs, webcam recordings, and more. Your materials will be preserved in the University Archives, where they may be shared online, used in teaching, research, and exhibitions, or as promotion of the university and university libraries.

Learn more at:

Pandemic Parallels

Archival Assistant

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Kate Okayasu
James A. Michener Library, Room 119