Guide to the COVID Pandemic Response Collection, 2020-2021

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Overview of the Collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Reference Code: USGZE AS608

Accession Number: 21-013

Collection Number: Archives Series 608

Creator: University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire

Title: COVID Pandemic Response Collection

Dates: 2020-2021

Quantity: .1.2 linear foot (1 oversize) 

Location of Collection: A4/1g

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Collection includes various artifacts and ephemera such as face masks, goggles, virus collection kit, medical gown, wall signage, and “I got my vaccine” button.

Biographical/Historical Note

In March 2020, Chancellor Schmidt directed UWEC staff and faculty to follow Gov. Tony Evers “Safer at Home” directive. Only those employees essential to keeping critical campus operations in place were to remain working on campus while everyone else was to work from home. Those who remained working on campus included the UWEC Police, the staff of the Children’s Nature Academy, support staff in the residence halls and food service, faculty with active research projects and key facilities employees. Those helping students in Counseling Services, Student Health Service, Blugold Central, Admissions, Accounts Payable, and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning also worked on campus. By fall of 2020, UWEC required staff and students to register and use a Blugold Protocol app to self-monitor their health. Biweekly antigen testing was required to be on campus. After the COVID vaccine became available during spring 2021, it was decided that campus would return to “normal” by the fall 2021 semester. Everyone was encouraged to be fully vaccinated and to upload their vaccination record to the Blugold “dashboard”; another source of COVID data related to the campus community. Several incentive campaigns were launched during fall semester 2021 to encourage students to be fully vaccinated. Additionally, masks were required to be worn indoors on campus.

Content Description

Collection includes various artifacts such as face masks, goggles, virus collection kit, medical gown, wall signage, and “I got my vaccine” button.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to the Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in May 2021.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Processing Note: Processed by Lark Keating-Hadlock in June 2021.

Arrangement: Chronological.

OCLC #: 1286696192


Corporate Names: 
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire

LC Subject Terms:
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020-.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020—Social aspects—Wisconsin—Eau Claire.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020--Educational aspects--United States--Wisconsin.
COVID-19 (Disease)—Prevention—Miscellanea.
COVID-19 (Disease)—Wisconsin—Eau Claire—Prevention.
Universities and colleges--Health aspects—Wisconsin--Eau Claire.
Universities and colleges--Health promotion services—Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

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