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

Meghan Closser and April San Juan

Friends Megan Closser (36) and April San Juan (39) share what's it's like to be nurse practitioners and mothers pre- and during COVID.

Oscar Bolda and Maria Bolda

Husband and wife, Oscar Bolda (61) and Maria Teresa Bolda (62), talk about their marriage and working in the medical field both in the U.S. and the Philippines.

Donnie Nelson and Nona Yunzhu Mei

Friends and colleagues Donnie Nelson [no age given] and Dr. Nona Yunzhu Mei (41) share a conversation about their work in palliative care. They also talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted patients and healthcare providers and about the importance...

Donna Riley-Lein Battling more than COVID-19

Donna Riley-Lein: 2024-02-10 18:36:55 65 years old. Recollections of caring for sick person during COVID and confronting a denier.

Heather Hartman-Hall and Daniel Marchalik

Colleagues Heather Hartman-Hall (50) and Daniel "Dan" Marchalik (37) reflect on their paths to their current careers, their work on well-being in health care, and the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guadalupe Becerra-Perez and Cyndi Ragona

Colleagues Guadalupe Becerra-Perez (40) and Cyndi Ragona (51) share a conversation about working in a community clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic and about the importance of mental healthcare for healthcare professionals.

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...

Patrick Duganz (39) and Grayson Duganz (10) 2/1/24

Patrick Duganz interviews his song Grayson who was six when the pandemic began. Grayson discusses the upsides of the pandemic (home, and games) and the downsides (school, being advanced for school after the pandemic).

Mona Masood and Nancy Burkey

Dr. Mona Masood (36) and her colleague and friend Dr. Nancy Burkey (65) discuss the founding of the Physician Support Line and the work they do to provide mental health support those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response throughout...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...