We are looking for volunteers to be interviewed about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. These oral histories will be donated to Washington State University's Manuscripts Archives and Special Collections. While we would love to interview everyone interested, because of manpower and time requirements, we are selective in the histories we collect. If you cannot wait to tell your story, we encourage you to seek out an oral history project in your area! Many universities and community groups are working hard to preserve the history of the pandemic, so please check out your local area!
Who We Are Looking to Interview:
People 18+ years old located in one of the Western States Pact states: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, or Colorado.
Women: mothers with children under 18 years old
Women: living with disabilities or conditions that put them "at-risk" for COVID-19 complications
Educators: teachers, counselors, university staff, community workers
People from groups traditionally exempt from mainstream historical narratives (LGBTQ+, People of Color, women)
We take your privacy very seriously. We do not collect personal data through this website. However, to do an interview, you must complete an oral history release form that allows the oral history to be recorded, donated, edited, etc. This information will not be shared with anyone except the staff at Washington State University.
What Information Will Be Available to the Public?
Only your name and location will be made available when the oral histories are made public. Contact information will not be released.
The oral history will be sealed (meaning not available to the public) for a minimum of two years.
Can I Change My Mind?
You may request your oral history and any information be deleted any time prior to donation. When your oral history is donated, you will receive an email notification on the date of donation. From then, you will have one year to reach out to Washington State University to have the oral history deleted.
Will I be Paid for My Interviewee?
No. This project is being done voluntarily by Nikki Brueggeman and the oral histories will be donated, free of charge, to Washington State University with the purpose of creating a collection for the public to use in the future.
When Will the Project End?
Right now, the project was originally slated to conclude in September, but as we have seen with the pandemic, things can change.
Please reach out to with a brief paragraph on why you should be interviewed for the project.