Community Archive Project

Community Archive Project Hands holding a Globe

The Nevada County Community Library is working to preserve the narrative of this historic period in time by asking community members to send in items they’ve created during the COVID-19 crisis.  Items will create a snapshot of the county’s experience with COVID-19 and the resilience of the community.  Community members of all ages and talents are encouraged to submit.

We are collecting journal entries, poetry, short stories (up to 1500 words), drawings, paintings and photos.  Please submit only items that you own or have created.

How to Submit

Items may be submitted using one of the following options:

Community Archive Project

Attn: Laura Pappani

980 Helling Way

Nevada City, CA, 95959

All submissions must be accompanied by an Archival Contribution form found at the website above or available at any library branch. Please contact your local branch for more information.

Submissions received will be reviewed for value to local history, merit and appropriateness.  Once reviewed, items will be preserved in the local library collections and added to the library website or sent to the California State Library for their collection.  Please note that the Archive Project has no obligation to use all submissions but will do its best to preserve items best suited for the project.  Items submitted cannot be returned so keeping personal copies is encouraged.  All work must not violate any confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws.

Journal Prompts

Librarians are looking to answer questions such as; What feelings do people have? What are they doing during this time? What activities are popular? What do people miss?  What makes people grateful or nervous?  if you need help figuring out what to write or say, explore this list of journal prompts.

What was your initial reaction to the shelter in place order? What were your feelings or thoughts at the time? Have they changed or stayed the same as time passed?

What is different about your daily life since COVID-19 became “a thing”? What is the same? How have things changed as California begins to reopen?

What have you enjoyed doing the most while sheltering in place? (baking, new hobbies, relaxing, watching Tiger King)

What have you missed the most while sheltering in place?

What would you describe as your best day this year? Your worst?

What will be you biggest take away of 2020?

What in this present moment do you find so difficult? Why is that particularly important to you?

What are you missing the most? What about that is so valuable to you?

What are you grateful for in this challenging time?

What do you want to try to do that is different or what opportunity might this present for something new?

Who is someone you have been thinking of a lot lately who might need your support in this time? What is something you might be able to offer them?