Administrative Sketch: This is an ongoing initiative of the Wiregrass Archives to document the experiences of people in thirty counties of southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northwest Florida as they grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, stay-at-home orders, "social distancing" measures, and re-openings in 2020 and beyond.
Originally inspired by teachers assigning students to reflect on their experiences in this historic era but lacking a repository to collect such rich documentation, the Project will expand to passively gather memoirs, diaries, journals, and other materials in any format from all Wiregrass residents as well as actively document through oral histories the experiences of those who did not produce such materials.
The "Wiregrass under COVID-19 Documentation Project" forms Record Group 255 in the Wiregrass Archives, and is open to researchers as donations of materials arrive and are made available. You can access the online finding aid at https://www.troy.edu/about-us/dothan-campus/wiregrass-archives/inventories/255.html.
You can also find more information about the project here:
Martin T. Olliff, "Wiregrass Archives Seeks Writings on COVID-19 Experiences," Dothan Eagle, March 21, 2020, https://www.dothaneagle.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/wiregrass-archives-seeks-writings-on-covid-19-experiences/article_4a30cafc-84e9-588e-b3d8-e1efd5130e81.html.
Peggy Ussery, "Wiregrass Archives wants to document life during COVID-19," Dothan Eagle, March 25, 2020, https://www.dothaneagle.com/lifestyles/local/wiregrass-archives-wants-to-document-life-during-covid-19/article_8d6514ea-6055-5149-bc48-52d442e8535c.html.
"Wiregrass Archives looking to preserve social history of COVID-19," Troy Today, March 27, 2020, https://today.troy.edu/faculty-staff/wiregrass-archives-looking-to-preserve-social-history-of-covid-19/
"Wiregrass Archives looking to preserve social history of COVID-19," WTVY.com, March 28, 2020, https://www.wtvy.com/content/news/Wiregrass-Archives-looking-to-preserve-social-history-of-COVID-19-569189791.html.
To participate in the Project or discuss it or anything concerning the Wiregrass Archives, contact archives director Dr. Marty Olliff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folder ID Folder Name
255-23-0103-001-001 Dr. Ari Hagler and Dr. Jennifer Goff, "Catawampus Quarantine," playlist of 8 episodes of a fictional account of the 2020 Covid 19 quarantine.
255-23-0103-001-002 Spencer Kalar, 7th grade class and assignments
255-23-0103-001-003 Gayle Nelson, emailed memoir and photos, dated March 30, 2020
255-23-0103-001-004 Christina Parker and friends, text chat
255-23-0103-001-005 Dr. Paola Premuda-Conti, Canvas class discussion boards, CP 6691, [Counseling] Research and Methodology, Term 4 (March – May) 2020
255-23-0103-001-006 Dr. Paola Premuda-Conti, Canvas class discussion board, CP 6645, Current Trends in School Counseling, Term 4 (March - May) 2020
255-23-0103-001-007 Michael D. Smith, email memoir, dated April 4, 2020
255-23-0103-001-008 Laura Stakelum, journal, submitted June 7, 2020
255-23-0103-001-009 Devin Toole, journal, submitted May 12, 2020
255-23-0103-001-010 Hope Turner, email memoir dated March 21, 2020
255-23-0103-001-011 Amanda Whiddon, email memoir dated March 26, 2020