LA Public Library Has a New Safer at Home Archive - and It Wants All Your Photos, Letters, Screenshots

Ameera Butt
May 18, 2020 - 4:36 pm

The Los Angeles Public Library is collecting everything out there related to the COVID-19 for a new archive - a pandemic that has proved to be historic for the city, the country and the world.

The idea was formed thanks to Kelly Wallace who is in charge of the library's California history collection. The new archive is called the Safer at Home Archive and Wallace had the idea after seeing other institutions gather material during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reported in Los Angeles Magazine this month, the story says "I thought the library could certainly do that,” she said. “Wouldn’t it be great to create a local archive that would help future generations understand what it was like to live in L.A. during this time?”

The LAPL website writes "Online content may be captured as a screenshot or printed to PDF. As you prepare materials for submission, think about how they tell the story of COVID-19 and its impact on different facets of your life. How do your materials reflect the changing dynamics or routines in your home, workplace, or community?"


What is being included?

Poetry. Letters. Screengrabs of social media posts. Photos. Signs.

The library wrote on its website: "Submissions will be curated and made available in a digital collection accessible through our online special collections portal, Tessa."

Submissions must be in digital form and may include:


Letters, emails, and other correspondence

Journal and diary entries

Blog posts or social media posts

Notices or signs

Creative art such as drawings, paintings, and poetry