Austin files biographies of persons
Austin files by subject
In March of 2020, to ensure that stories from the COVID-19 era were preserved, the Austin History Center began an initiative to collect materials from the public documenting life in Austin during the pandemic. AHC collected items through a digital submission form, though physical items were also added to the collection when AHC reopened following the strictest part of the City's pandemic shutdown. The call for submissions resulted in over 5,000 items collected from hundreds of donors, each giving a unique perspective of life in Austin during COVID-19. The COVID-19 Files includes records of local businesses responding to the crisis, new visual art, original written works, compiled public health information and statistics, social media posts, and extensive photographs and moving images, all documenting Austin's response to the pandemic.