COVID-19 Community Time Capsule

Covid19 Community Time Capsule

Citizen Archivists, we need your help to document and collect information about the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco!

The San Francisco History Center of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) is actively archiving all types of materials, in multiple formats, to build a collection that documents and preserves the collective experiences of San Francisco residents during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

We are interested in what is happening to you, your neighborhood, your schools and your workplaces. Put on your archives hats and help us capture what is different in our world today, what we miss, what we’ve created to reflect our new reality, and how we are communicating and living now. With your help, SFPL will build a collection that reflects the many ways San Franciscans were impacted by, and responded to, this public health crisis.

All submissions will be preserved in the COVID-19 Community Time Capsule at SFPL and be shared with the public, as well as remain in the City and County Archives of San Francisco (part of the San Francisco History Center), for long term preservation. If you are interested in sharing digital content, please use our online submission form below. Digital content will ultimately be available through our online collection platforms and social media accounts.

Submissions may include:

  • Photographs

  • Blog posts or social media posts (screenshots okay)

  • Video or audio

  • Notices, signs or posters, including government notices or signs from private businesses 

  • Letters, emails, postcards

  • Community newspapers

  • Personal journal and diary entries

  • Creative work, such as drawings, paintings, graffiti, poetry, recipes and games

Share your COVID-19 pandemic memories

Neighborhood / County / City / Town
What types of materials are you donating?
Include the address, cross streets, or neighborhood of the item
When did you take the photo or video, or create this piece?
What people, businesses or organizations appear in this item
Include any context or events related to your submission. What does it tell us about the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco.
Maximum 3 files at one time. If you have items from different locations or events, please submit separate forms for each one. You may submit as many donations as you like.

  • 100 MB limit.
  • Allowed types:
    gif jpg jpeg png bmp eps tif pict psd txt rtf html odf pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx xml avi mov mp3 mp4 ogg wav dmg jar rar sit svg.


By submitting my work, I agree to share my materials with the COVID-19 Community Time Capsule, developed and maintained by the San Francisco Public Library, to document life during the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco, California. While I will continue to retain my copyright, I also share copyright with the San Francisco Public Library so that they can add the material to its archival collections and preserve it for future generations of students, scholars, and researchers. I give the library permission to organize the materials according to accepted archival principles; to create metadata, finding aids, and full-text search interfaces required for the preservation and discovery of the materials; to make the materials accessible to researchers and the public; and to use the materials in exhibits and displays, both physical and online. Use of the materials may include, but is not limited to, research, education, exhibitions, programs, marketing, reproductions, and promotional purposes. I agree that San Francisco Public Library may make this material available online under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license, which will allow others to share and adapt the material.

I have read and agree to the Rules and Submissions Guidelines

If you have physical items to donate (signs, documents, journals), or if you have other questions about the collecting project, please contact the San Francisco History Center at, and one of our staff members will get back to you. 

Thank you

Thank you for helping with this important collective effort to document this historic event. Your contributions will enable us to tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco.