The College of Wooster CORONAVIRUS: CAMPUS RESPONSE was created through the cooperation of many members of our campus community. The Wooster Digital History Project facilitated the start of this particular collection during the summer of 2020 and the College of Wooster History Department continued the project through the course HIST 29800 MAKING HISTORY: THEORIES/METHODS taught by Dr. Madonna Hettinger. The collection was continually supported by the College of Wooster Special Collections Department, with assistance from Special Collections Librarian Denise Monbarren and student workers Tobin Chin and Zdena Sinkhorn. The materials in this digital collection are photographs taken during the height of lockdown on campus during the fall semester of 2020, with subjects ranging from classroom layouts to examples of signage posted throughout campus.
The collection was developed as a response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic that began in March 2020. Following the decision of the campus to conduct remote classes in place of in-person learning, the Wooster Digital History Project was conducted remotely and developed the collection policy for the Coronavirus Collection online. For the photographs available in this repository, the goal was to accurately portray the visual impact that the college’s reaction to the coronavirus had on the campus. Additional physical items are available within the College of Wooster Campus Archives Collections found in Special Collections.