Documenting Community, 2020 Digital Archive invites CU students, as student archivists, to participate virtually in the creation of a new archival collection to be housed in the CU Boulder Libraries Rare and Distinctive Collections department. We hope to capture, in real time and virtually, the ways that COVID-19 is affecting our personal and family lives, our university community, and our public communities more broadly. We plan to accept electronic submissions from three groups of CU students in their roles as student archivists:

  • Student employees from Rare and Distinctive Collections (RaD)

  • Student employees from the University Libraries

  • Students of CU educators with whom we are collaborating on this project through our instruction program

Submissions will consist primarily of your photographs, video and oral interviews, recorded reflections, and creative projects (for example, commonplace books, artists' books, graphic novels, and photography books), all of which will be created or collected virtually and submitted in digital format. Our team of archivists will appraise your submissions and work with our Digital Archivist and student employees to ingest your files into the University Libraries’ digital archive. We will work with you to make sure that all of the necessary permissions have been secured and that archival gift agreements have been signed.

Please use the guidelines linked below to direct your or—if you are a CU educator—your students’ virtual work on this project. Educators, if you are not currently involved in the project but would like to be or, have questions regarding its use in instruction, please email and/or For questions regarding the digital archive, please email Please send all other questions to We look forward to working with you!

For instructions and resources, please access the Documenting Community, 2020 Digital Archive detailed guidelines.