Submissions can include letters, journal entries, art, photographs, and short video clips (one minute or less) in the form of JPEG, PNG, PDF, MP4, or .MOV files that relate to your time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Items from March 2020 to the present can be submitted. Each contributor can submit up to three items. The maximum file size is 10 MB. For submission of larger files please email

Anyone is welcome to contribute as long as it is relevant to Watauga County. We encourage submissions from diverse perspectives, particularly from communities that are not normally represented in an archive. Whether your materials demonstrate the positive or the negative changes that have come the last year, we want to include them all!

We will not accept any materials relating to drugs, nudity, and/or violence as we are a PG-13 project. These items will be immediately discarded.

We cannot accept anything that would fall under the HIPAA policies for health records, such as doctor's notes, patient charts, or insurance records. You are welcome to submit journals or letters you have written describing your own experience as a patient in those circumstances.

Remember this is an archival preservation project. As you consider your submission, be mindful that these items will be available for research for decades to come, as well as shared online. Please don’t include any information about yourself or your friends and family that you don’t want shared publicly. If others are featured in your images be sure that you have their consent.

Contributors are required to enter their name and email. We won't publish or share your email. We collect email addresses only so that we are able to contact contributors if we have questions about the submission. (Contributors have the option to remain anonymous for publication purposes.)

Contributors under the age of 18 require the permission of a parent/guardian.

The Pandemic In Watauga team makes our best effort to adhere to known intellectual property and privacy rights. Given that this is a community built archival collection we are not always able to identify intellectual property and/or privacy information. We would love to hear directly from rights owners to obtain accurate information. We also honor take down requests. Please email us to make corrections or to request removal of materials from public access.