EXPLORE AND SHARE STORIES
RECORDING OUR STORIES
UW-Parkside is proud to share a project inspired by StoryCorps to collect your oral histories and personal recordings. Set up an interview with UW-Parkside Archives staff or download the app and record in the privacy of your home.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE WILL MY STORIES BE PRESERVED?
When you record a story, you can submit it to the Parkside Archives, the StoryCorps collection, or both! If you have other materials to donate, we will save the files in our repository. If you would like to share it in our online exhibits, you only need to grant us a non-exclusive right to publish. You will retain copyright.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK?
We've created a guide to creating great recordings and included a list of questions from which to inspire you. Any COVID-related subject is encouraged. https://libguides.uwp.edu/yourstory/home
WHAT KIND OF MATERIALS DO YOU COLLECT?
Anything you create that shares your experience of the pandemic. We've collected photographs, videos, podcasts, poems, and artwork. Do you have an idea for something unique? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW WILL MY MATERIAL BE USED?
The materials will be preserved in electronic form and used for future research and shared in our digital collection on the UW-Parkside website. You have the choice to have your materials included in the website immediately or to wait for a specific period of time.
Why is this important when there’s so much COVID information out there in news and other media?
Your unique experience and perspective will help future researchers understand the pandemic better. Avoid generalities and record your authentic experiences and honest thoughts and feelings.
Is it better to give a detailed description of a small event or a general description of my whole COVID-19 experience?
Both are valuable, but details provide the best picture. A minute discussing what it was like to get your vaccine or your reaction when you found out a friend had contracted COVID-19 is better than a few minutes describing a whole year of events.
Where can I find help if I’m struggling with my experiences?
The UWP Student Health and Counseling Center offers counseling services and provides other resources on their page.
UW-Parkside Human Resources offer faculty and staff access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Additionally, Kenosha and Racine Counties also provide resources for the community.
Behavioral Health Community Resources of Kenosha County
Behavioral Health Services of Racine County
What about University records?
Records created by the University during this time will be collected, as usual, as part of our records management program. However, if there is anything specific a UW staff or faculty member would like to contribute, please submit it through our Documenting Covid project here, or contact the Records Manager, Rebecca Robbennolt (email@example.com).