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Repositories Documenting COVID-19

Below is a list of the museums and libraries who are actively collecting items related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These organizations are looking to preserve the impact of this global crisis on our community to create a record for future generations.  Please support your local history organizations and engage with any or all of us as we seek to create a lasting history of how residents responded to and overcame the global pandemic.

Douglas County Historical Society

Seeks to collect photos of life during this time in Omaha, Ralston, Waterloo and Elkhorn. Also collecting interviews with Douglas County residents.

The Durham Museum

Seeks to collect handwritten letters, photos, journals, art and artifacts (objects) related to the local experience in the time of pandemic.

El Museo Latino

Seeks to collect Latino, Latino American and Latino Immigrant experience through digital images, oral history and stories during the COVID-19 pandemic in Omaha, Nebraska.

Great Plains Black History Museum

Seeks to collect artifacts (objects), and digital content to document the African American community experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic, in Omaha, NE.

History Nebraska

History Nebraska seeks to collect objects, photos, journal entries, and other media to document the views and responses of individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities to COVID-19 in Nebraska.

Sarpy County Museum

Seeks to collect objects related to Sarpy County, its communities and their people.  Ideally, the museum would be looking for objects such as signs, masks, receipts, letters/journals or photos, experiences and anything else to help further tell this chapter in history from a local Sarpy County perspective.

UNMC McGoogan Library of Medicine

Launching a campus-wide project to encourage UNMC and Nebraska Medicine students, staff, faculty and alumni to document their personal experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak and contribute them to the library archive. Submissions of all physical and digital materials are welcome.

Omaha Public Library

Omaha Public Library (Main Branch) is collecting photos, periodical articles, books, diaries, manuscripts, letters, and other ephemera to document the responses of Nebraska communities, businesses, and individuals to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is grateful for any contributions from the public.

UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections

Seeks to collect photos, journal entries, reflections, interviews, photo essays, drawings, plays, and other creative forms of documenting that reflects your own experience during this time.