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Chicago’s Community Response to COVID-19

In This Together is a community-based initiative to collect digital records that document personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all affected by this crisis in varying degrees, and diaries, journals, oral histories, images, recordings, and similar materials will help us tell stories of this unprecedented time in history. Personal accounts provide depth and context for what an event or era was like for the everyday people experiencing it. Gathering this type of information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the Chicago area will be important for people to understand this period of our history.

We invite those of you living in Chicago and its surrounding metropolitan area to contribute any digital records that document your experience and that of your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. These could include digital journal entries, audio/video recordings, images, or emails. Submissions can be made with smartphones, tablets, or computers. To contribute a physical item, please use our donation inquiry form.

Selected submissions will be displayed here. Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to notify you if your submission is posted, but you can check the page for regular updates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Submission Form

  • Part 1: Upload Your Materials

    Upload your visual, audio, and video materials in the box below. Once your file is selected you will be asked to provide a description of the item (limit 255 characters) and an email address. You must click the "Upload" button to submit. Then continue to fill out the form below. Please keep audio and video files to 3 minutes or less. File size cannot exceed 250MB. ZIP files will not be accepted. If you have larger files or more than five files you would like to submit, please contact us. (Note: On mobile devices, the upload box may work better in landscape or sideways orientation.)
  • If you would like to tell us more about your submitted files or share a narrative or testimonial, please submit it via this text box. Write or paste your text directly in the box, continue filling out Part 2 of the form, and click "Submit" at the bottom of the page. Please keep submissions to under 500 words.
  • Part 2: Tell Us About Yourself and Your Submission

  • Street address is preferred; if no street address is available, provide nearest cross streets, neighborhood, or area of the city. If your submission does not depict Chicago, please include the name of the city.
  • If your submission is selected to be displayed, what name would you like published with it? If you do not provide a name, your name will be listed as Anonymous.
  • Your email address will not be made public.
    If yes, please ensure that the email address entered above is one where you can be reached.
  • Terms and Conditions

    Digital materials you submit must be wholly original and created by you.

    You retain ownership and copyright of your digital materials. By submitting copies of your digital materials to the Chicago History Museum, you warrant that you are the sole copyright owner and have obtained permission from all subjects to share the digital materials with CHM. You permit the museum to preserve, reproduce, and distribute your work. This permission includes the right to modify and/or reformat your material to conform to museum standards, and to make your submission publicly available in all media formats (including the Museum's social media, SoundCloud, and YouTube accounts) and to permit others to do so as well.

    For information about the museum’s policies regarding access to digital content, please see its Take Down Policy.

    The Chicago History Museum is under no obligation to use or publish your contribution.

    Contributed digital materials must conform to the following criteria:
    1. Content documents Chicago-area personal, business, or organizational experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. File size of contributed content does not exceed 250MB.
    3. The information or metadata submitted is deemed to be accurate; the Museum is not responsible for vetting this information.
    4. Submissions do not infringe any existing copyright.

If you have any questions or are having trouble with your submission, please contact us at [email protected]

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