Special Collections Exhibit – The Question of Collecting: Archiving the Campus Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Wear for mask sign with a dog wearing a mask and the words "Your mask protects me. My mask protects you. It's required!"

Selections from the College of Wooster Campus Archives

April 19-May 16, 2022


Guest Curator:  Zdena Sinkhorn ’22

For the last two years, the College of Wooster campus underwent rapid transformations in the face of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. From the spring semester of 2020 up to the present moment, this global event has impacted our campus community on numerous levels. From the way classes were set up to how club meetings took place, every aspect of life on campus has shifted. In the early stages of the pandemic, the Wooster Digital History Project set aside funds for a few of their student fellows to tackle the challenge of preserving the campus response within the College’s archives. This exhibit reflects the different materials that were able to be saved from the campus’s response and what those materials reveal about what it means to archive in a digital age.

Tackling the themes of physically and digitally born materials, this exhibit contains a range of different artifacts. Brought together to address the greater question of how archives like the Special Collections Department function, these artifacts document the different ways history can be preserved. Whether it is through an email, a provided mask, or an instructive entrance sign, all of these materials tell the story of a campus seeking to navigate a changing world.

This exhibit is available for viewing Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for classes or small groups to view additional pieces from this collection. For more information contact Denise Monbarren (ext. 2527).


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