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Documenting COVID-19 at Haverford College Collection


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The first reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States were recorded in January of 2020, after the virus had initially spread abroad in the last month of the previous year. After the first initial identifications of it in the US in January of 2020, the virus quickly began to spread, first being declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. In response to the rapidly increasing infection numbers, Haverford College made the decision to move to a virtual model of teaching on March 12, 2020, eventually deciding to remain in a virtual mode of teaching for the remainder of the spring semester. The majority of students returned home or were otherwise living off campus, with only a handful of mostly international students and faculty remaining on campus.

This collection consists of various documents and images relating to Haverford College during the time of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the collection consists of images of the empty campus, with the entirety of the campus being recorded and represented. Also in the collection are interviews with students and faculty, discussing their experiences of the pandemic, how their day to day life has changed, and what they plan to do to keep active and involved. There are also a number of survey responses from spring 2020 and spring 2021, when Haverford community members were asked about how the pandemic had affected them, and was still affecting them.

Items provided by a number of students, staff, and faculty.

Processed by George Allan, completed November 2023.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
George Allan
Finding Aid Date
November, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

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