Archive This Moment DC

Archive This Moment DC

DC Public Library's Special Collections Department wants your help in telling the story of daily life in the District during this period of social distancing. We are always connected to history, but it is rare that all of us are so drastically and suddenly affected by an event. Help us tell the story of this moment through your pictures and words.  

There are two ways to participate: 

  • Use the hashtag #archivethismomentdc on your public Instagram or public Twitter account
  • Submit videos, images, or stories here. Watch this short video for tips on how to submit through our online form. 

Tips For Participating

  • Look for what has changed - recently posted rules on social distancing, face masks, empty streets, related street art
  • Only submit images or stories that you have created
  • Share images from inside the District of Columbia
  • Keep in mind submissions may be eligible to be part of our collection or re-posted publicly 

Participatory Archiving

Archive This Moment DC is an example of participatory archiving - a collection is created and curated by the public, not archival professionals. DC Public Library's Special Collections Department is also web archiving to capture this moment in history - submit websites here

More examples, both locally and worldwide, are listed below.