Looking inside of the Utah COVID-19 digital collection as a community archive


Digital Collection, COVID-19, History, case study


Using the Utah COVID-19 Digital Collection as a case study, this study investigates the nature of the materials collected in a community archive during COVID-19, examining their unique contributions to building public history. The authors collected and analyzed metadata from 812 collection items created between March and June of 2020. Findings show that the local community's active voluntary participation was noteworthy. The local community submitted more than half of all collected materials. Even when submissions from the campus community decreased during summer break, the local community's submissions remained steady, helping to broaden the collection's geographical and topical coverage. The authors conclude by offering their recommendations for COVID-19 community archiving projects and future research directions.

Original Publication Citation

Kim, S. U., Choi, Y., Myntti, J. (2022) “Looking inside of the Utah COVID-19 Digital Collection as a community archive.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 48(1). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2021.102478

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



Elsevier Inc




Harold B. Lee Library

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor