Corporate Records and Archives and the Archives and Special Collections, MacOdrum Library, are partnering to establish a COVID-19 response collection. The collection, which will be invaluable to contemporary and future research, will preserve both official messaging and programs from the university as well as capturing social media, website, research, and community-based experiences from students, faculty, and staff.

In collecting and preserving COVID-19 response-related materials, Carleton’s archives are supported by the most recent joint statement of the International Council of Archives, UNESCO, the American Records Management Association (ARMA), the Digital Preservation Coalition, and others, which state that “the duty to document does not cease in a crisis, it becomes more essential.”

Over the ensuing months, departments and offices may be contacted by Corporate Archives staff to discuss transferring copies of COVID-19 specific material (correspondence, social media posts, brochures, etc.) to the archival collection. If you have questions about the Carleton COVID-19 Archival Collections or would like to contribute materials to the Collections, please contact:


Tangential and External

Shannon Hodge, Corporate Archivist

613-520-2600, ext. 5097

Chris Trainor, Head, Archives and Special Collections, MacOdrum Library

613-520-2600, ext. 6030

Examples of material collecting:

  • Official messaging from senior executives, faculties, and departments of the university.
  • Social media posts from official Carleton University profiles (Athletics, university departments, faculties, etc.)\
  • Special messaging or programs developed to assist staff in working from home
  • Special messaging or programs developed to support students in their studies.
  • Special messaging or programs developed to support the mental health, finances, residence, etc. of students, staff, and faculty.
  • Experiences of staff, faculty, and students in switching to working from home and online courses and examinations.

Examples of material collecting:

  • Social media posts, websites, blog posts by faculty, students, and alumni.
  • Media interviews involving Carleton staff, faculty, or students.
  • Media reports about Carleton University isolation measures and eventual reopening.
  • Experiences of Carleton staff, faculty, and students living under isolation measures.
  • Experiences of international students.
  • Use and production of research by Carleton faculty and students.


At this time, both archival repositories are collecting digital materials only: emails, websites, social media and blog posts, electronic documents, and digital photographs and graphics. Once staff can safely collect hardcopy materials (objects, paper records, posters, etc.), we will make further announcements. For more information contact Shannon Hodge for Corporate Archives, and Chris Trainor for Archives & Special Collections.