COVID-19 Collection

Collecting Aspen’s Coronavirus Experience

AHS operates one of the largest public archives on the Western Slope, an invaluable public resource for the community today, and in posterity. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, AHS is actively collecting materials and reflections that illustrate how the community is enduring the crisis. We want to hear from you about your experiences. Citizens across the Roaring Fork Valley have all been impacted, whether by the virus itself or the restrictions imposed to slow the spread. What do you want future generations to understand about these unfathomable circumstances?

With  your help, AHS seeks to document this difficult and strange time through digital audio, video, photography, written stories or reflections, and with physical objects. We need your help to purposefully collect these stories and artifacts so that AHS can preserve and share the collective experience of COVID-19 in posterity.

There are a few options for submitting YOUR pandemic history to the AHS Archive:

  • Quarantine Stories: Recording History a partnership of AHS and Aspen Public Radio
    This community-sourced oral history project ask citizens to submit recorded stories, interviews and reflections to be catalogued in a publicly-accessible library by APR and archived by AHS.
    Click here for more information and to submit a recording.
  • Physical Objects
    While we cannot collect physical materials due to the current public health order, AHS is eager to collect items that demonstrate the impact of COVID-19 on our valley. Objects that represent the economic, social, or public health impact of the coronavirus would be of interest. Examples include virtual classroom curriculum packets, business or personal signage, finished crafts/artwork, and any physical mementos of your experience while at home.
    To contribute physical objects to the AHS Archive, please email a description and a photograph (if possible) of the item to [email protected]. We will review potential donations and contact you as soon as possible.
  • Photography, video footage, and written materials
    Photos, videos, and written recollections provide depth and perspective to better understand daily life during these unprecedented times. From journal entries, poems and emails to pandemic-related photography, selfies, FrontPorchProject family portraits, and video clips, AHS will collect and accession your memories of life during COVID-19. Examples include photos of people wearing masks, lines to get into the grocery stores, or a video of your neighbors during the “8 o’clock howl.”
    To contribute digital files to the AHS Archive, please email a description to [email protected]. We will review potential donations and contact you as soon as possible.

Terms and Guidelines
Please read the following guidelines before submitting your content:

All content donated to the AHS Archive will require a deed of gift to Aspen Historical Society and a non-exclusive license given for public use, research, display, exhibit, and publication. Donors retain rights to use, distribute, and/or donate digital materials elsewhere.

Aspen Historical Society reserves the right to decline or remove submissions of inappropriate, duplicative, or irrelevant nature and is not obligated to include all donated content for this project or to preserve all donated project content for perpetuity.

Please only submit photographic, audio, or video material which you own or have created.

You must be 18 years of age or older to submit content. If you are under 18, written permission from a parent or guardian is required.