The last time Utah State University (USU) closed for a pandemic was over a hundred years ago, in fall 1918. Evidence, especially firsthand accounts, of that period in USU’s history are limited in the archives. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Special Collections and Archives has collected the experiences of Utah State faculty, staff, and students in oral histories. These oral histories document the individual accounts of initial shutdowns and the continued response efforts through 2022. From the president of the university to student workers each oral history offers insight into how Utah State responded as an institution. Supplementing these oral histories is a broad collection of documents produced to aid in the response effort. This includes mass media including emails and signage as well as individual photos and email exchanges created during the worst of the pandemic. This final collection explores the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of Utah State University students, staff, and faculty and the response efforts from 2020 through 2022.

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Files have been organized as needed for ease of research. File designations in the file explorer do not necessarily reflect their specific origin or office. Files will reflect the original title as they were supplied to Special Collections and Archives, with some exception where file names were not clear in the items purpose. Further this collection does not necessarily reflect the entirety of materials created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic simply those sent to Special Collection and Archives voluntarily by the offices that originated them.

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This folder contains files submitted from across Utah State University's offices—academic, administrative, and otherwise—for the purpose of documenting the COVID-19 response. These files offer insight into the institutional response of University offices during an unprecedented pandemic.



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Any acronyms and/or abbreviations present are those used by USU faculty and staff internally, although efforts have been made to ensure clarity in which office these files belong to there may be exception to this.


This is supplemental documentation for the Utah State University COVID-19 Oral History Collection, found here:


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