The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is partnering with StoryCorps to collect stories about the COVID-19 pandemic. The multiyear initiative will document, archive, and make accessible Americans’ experiences with COVID-19, to strengthen understanding of American life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center is especially interested in collecting stories from workers at the frontlines of COVID-19 care (medical professionals, emergency service workers, and others).

This initiative is part of the COVID-19 American History Project, a Congressionally funded program to record and preserve American experiences with COVID-19. CLICK HERE learn more about the Project.

All COVID-19 American History Project Interviews

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Derek Bruff and Stacey Johnson

Colleagues Derek Bruff (45) and Stacey Johnson [no age given] discuss how they were able to develop a course design institute to support Vanderbilt faculty in adjusting to teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Michelle Wheeler and Jocelyn Becerra

Colleagues and friends Michelle Wheeler (40) and Jocelyn Becerra (24) talk about their nursing careers and working together as school nurses.

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Annabella Vidal-Ruiz and Anthony Buralli

Husband and wife, Anthony Buralli (32) and Annabella Vidal-Ruiz (32), talk about their experience during COVID as spouses and Annabelle as a nurse working in a hospital.

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Caroline Wilkerson and Robby Espano

Caroline Wilkerson (21) and her boyfriend, Robby Espano (21), discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their relationship, their family lives, and their lives as students.

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Eric Kopstain and Steven Ertel

Vice Chancellors Eric Kopstain (52) and Steven "Steve" Ertel (44) discuss how COVID-19 impacted the Vanderbilt community and the university's decision to offer in-person learning during the 2020 school year.

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David ter Kuile and Sean Carroll

Colleagues David ter Kulie (51) and Sean Carroll (43) discuss the ways auxiliary services at Vanderbilt University stepped up as leaders to help the university navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and welcome students back for the fall 2020 semester.

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Andrea George and Pamela Jones

Colleagues Andrea George (52) and Pamela "Pam" Jones (62) discuss how they balanced their personal and professional lives at Vanderbilt University during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kasia Laskowski and Deidra Heuring

Colleagues Kasia Laskowski (34) and Deidra Heuring (43) talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care workers, the things that kept them going amid challenging times, and their hopes for the future.

Mark and Sue Molnar

Mark and Sue Molnar: 2024-02-08 00:45:34. Mark Molnar (66) and his wife Sue Carroll Molnar (64) discussed their experiences during the pandemic of 2020-2021.

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Nathalie Dougé and Georgia Davies

Friends Nathalie Dougé (36) and Georgia Davies (35) talk about their work as hospital physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. They reflect on community engagement, burnout, and the inspiration behind their careers in medicine.

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Soren Glassing and Fran Heller

Colleagues and friends Soren Glassing (57) and Fran Heller (64) talk about the experience of working together in a hospital palliative care unit throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They reflect on unpreparedness, grief, healing, and the therapeutic power of art.

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Kevin Galloway and Emily Phillips Galloway

Husband and wife, Kevin Galloway (41) and Emily Phillips Galloway (38), have a conversation about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their home life and their professional lives.

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Carlo B and Isabella B

Carlo B (46) talks to his daughter Isabella B (21) about his life, family, and his work as an operating room nurse.

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Greg Adams and Elizabeth Storm Rule

Friends Greg Adams (59) and Elizabeth "Beth" Storm Rule (47) talk about grief, the fragility of life, and their work caring for patients and families at Arkansas Children's Hospital. They reflect on the passing of Beth's husband and the impact...

The journey begins in hotel quarantine

Maya Pincus and Laura Guertin both served as Onboard Outreach Officers on JOIDES Resolution in 2022. With navigating the waters of COVID-19 still a challenge, Maya and Laura share their hotel quarantine stories before sailing out of Cape Town, South...

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Nicole Zemroz and Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson (32) talks to her good friend Nicole Zemroz (31) about Nicole's three years as a nurse and the joys and difficulties they've shared working in the medical field.

Ines Alicea talks about the COVID pandemic, the highs and lows

Ines Alicea: 2024-01-30 23:06:39, Ines Alicea spoke by herself about going through her first ever pandemic and the challenges of dealing with two elderly parents in their 90s getting COVID early on and how difficult it was to get the...