Bulosan Center establishes the COVID-19 Community Archive Project

By Jason Sarmiento

The Bulosan Center is creating a submission-based archive of Filipina/o/x experiences from the community during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We welcome the experiences of all members of the community. We are seeking (but not limited to) the perspectives from essential workers,  individuals affected by layoffs, K-12 students (with parent permission), college and university students, the retired and elderly community, and individuals experiencing racial discrimination.

We ask the community to share their experiences of the COVID-19 outbreak in the form of oral histories, written personal stories/histories, diary entries, photographs, computer-generated graphics, poetry, artwork, or any associated digital material that expresses their sentiments during this global crisis. Submit your files in the following formats: digital photographs, text files, PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, or video files. Please attach digital files to this form as indicated below. Unfortunately, the stay-at-home orders of the University prevents the Bulosan Center from accepting any physical material. 

The archive will be hosted within the Bulosan Center’s Welga Digital Archive. From June to August 2020, the COVID-19 Archive will be in the collecting stage, during which the files will be prepared  for digital preservation and public access. By August 2020, the collections will be curated and available to the public. 

To contribute to the archive, please go to tinyurl.com/BulosanCovid19Archive. For any information, contact Bulosan Center Archivist Allan Jason Sarmiento at welgaarchives@gmail.com.  To access the Welga Archive, please go to welgadigitalarchive.omeka.net.