The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Villanova community in unique ways.

Future scholars, staff and students may wish to know and understand what this period was like for those who lived through it. For that reason, Falvey Library, in conjunction with the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, is launching a “Documenting COVID-19” collection effort.

All Villanova students, faculty, full and part-time staff, and alumnae/i are invited to:

  • Submit your story;
  • Share photographs;
  • Create or submit a video or audio recording;
  • Create or submit a collection of digital objects;
  • Share any reflections from this unique period. This may include experiences about school, work, home, or events surrounding the BLM protests.

The goal is to ensure that future generations will have original sources of information regarding the lives and times of Villanovans who experienced this global pandemic.

Collecting will be ongoing throughout the pandemic and in the subsequent weeks after the pandemic has passed. People are allowed to submit as many times as they like as events or emotions change. All submissions will be preserved in the University Archives at Falvey Library.

Unlike traditional collection initiatives, this collecting process is spontaneous and premised upon “crisis collecting.” This means that collecting activities occur simultaneously to events unfolding. The policies are based on the University’s Archives collecting policy and on best practices developed by the Tragedy Response Initiative of the Society of American Archivists. Read the policy and scope documents here.
For non-digital submissions (hand-written diaries, photographic prints, physical artwork, etc), please contact Beaudry Allen at to organize a physical submission.

If you have any questions about the form or the project please contact:


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About the University Archives

The University Archives serve as the institutional memory of the Villanova University. The archive is entrusted as the official depository for the permanent records of the university. These records are deemed permanent because of their legal, fiscal, administrative, or historical value.

Beaudry Rae Allen (, Preservation & Digital Archivist


About the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest

Opened in 2017, the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University brings historical scholarship and historical perspective to bear on contemporary issues. Through events, programs, and special projects, the Lepage Center fosters historically-informed and civic-minded conversations on campus and in the wider community. More information at or follow us on Twitter @LepageCtr.



About Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital Scholarship

The program supports faculty, students, and staff interested in applying digital methods and tools to their research and teaching. Digital scholarship encompasses a broad range of technologies and research areas, including but not limited to digital mapping (GIS), text and data mining, data visualization, virtual reality, 3D Modeling, and digital publishing. We host lectures on digital scholarship topics, partner on digital research projects, and provide a collaborative space for consultations and training.

Erica Hayes (, Digital Scholarship Librarian