In Spring of 2021 the Santa Clara Magazine collected digital journal entries from Santa Clara University students, staff, and faculty in order to document community members’ experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic from roughly March 2020 - March 2021. The project was conceived to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of Santa Clara County Health Department order to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shift to online education at the University. In partnership with the Santa Clara Magazine, SCU Archives & Special Collections archived the digital journal entries for the benefit of future researchers.

We want to chronicle it all, from the ordinary to the amazing. Help Santa Clara Magazine, in partnership with University Library Archives & Special Collections, record history. Submit your story—in text, audio, or photo form—to this digital time capsule. Share the hurdles you’ve jumped over, the unexpected grace and gratitude you’ve found in isolation, how our collective SCU values of conscience and compassion have been strengthened. Your reflection will be housed in perpetuity in University Archives and provide future generations of historians firsthand accounts of how we got through this time, together yet apart.


Browse the SCU In Quarantine: Our Pandemic Stories Collections:

Experiences with the COVID-19 Illness

General and Other Stories During COVID-19

Isolation - Physically Separated and Wearing Masks

Social and Racial Justice During the Pandemic

The Move to the Virtual World