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COVID-19 History in the Making

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Help Document Surrey During COVID-19

From windows painted with hearts to 7pm cheers for healthcare workers, the people of Surrey have united during the global pandemic. Help the Surrey Archives document the effects of COVID-19 in Surrey’s communities and the everyday lives of citizens.

Submit Your Story

Two Ways to Contribute

  1. To submit a photo, video or other file, contact the Archives at archives@surrey.ca or 604-502-6459. 
  2. To share your story, complete the online form.

Why We Are Doing This

The COVID-19 pandemic is an historic event, dramatically altering day-to-day life. The effects of the pandemic will be the subject of future documentaries, films, research articles, novels and more. The Archives must be proactive to ensure community donations are collected in order to thoroughly document this extraordinary time.

What You Can Donate

The Archives invites residents to share how the pandemic is affecting them through the medium they most prefer, such as photographs, videos, audio recordings, letters, diaries and more.

Donation Criteria

Any items documenting everyday experiences during the pandemic are encouraged for donation.  All submitted records will be reviewed by Archives staff to ensure they meet the goals of the acquisition campaign and the overall collection policy.

 

Ongoing Donation Acquisitions 

The Archives continues to collect general Surrey-based historical items as well, including:

  • Photographs
  • Diaries
  • Scrapbooks
  • Letters
  • Reports
  • Maps
  • Audio recordings
  • Films
  • Documentary art

Donation criteria

The Archivist will review all donation offers with the criteria for acceptance in mind. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Degree to which the records relate to the history, culture and character of Surrey
  • Presence of unique documentary evidence significant to the history of Surrey
  • Quality, rarity, historical, scientific or technical value of the records
  • Completeness of the records
  • Relationship to existing collections
  • Physical condition and conservation needs

Items are freely donated without conditions. Legal ownership, including copyright, is transferred by deed of gift to the City of Surrey, which holds all of its heritage collections in trust for the people of Surrey and British Columbia.

If you have any questions about Surrey Archive donations please contact the Archivist at 604-502-6458 or archives@surrey.ca.