Researchers will need information about the past 2 months in the next 50 years. Will the name of your organization be written in future texts or will the activities of today become folklore?
Archivists are dying for primary documents that account today’s experiences. It’s the reason why we can identify what happened on plantations as well as a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement.
Not to mention, preserving history can be fun! These are great activities to put some light in the hearts and minds of your staff & volunteers while keeping them engaged with creating an impactful organization.
Consider compiling the documents below and submitting them to your local archive to start “officially” preserving your organization’s history.
Here is a list of ideas that will preserve some of the most important parts of your organization’s COVID-19 changes. Enjoy!
- Create an emergency ritual for your office: consult with spiritual practitioners in your community for assistance. I’m sure everyone is in need of a healing ritual at the moment. Oh, and don’t forget to write it down.
- Write down recipes & herbal medicines to combat viruses: you know how we’re in search of grandmama’s recipes now? Let’s not let that happen again.
- Write down your daily schedule
- Interview staff and volunteers about their COVID-19 experiences & collect them into a video. It’ll come in handy for that next virtual gala or your local archive
- Print your organization’s emergency manual. This information can be really pivotal for understanding the trajectory of future business practices around the world.
- Ask staff to take photos of their home office and write captions describing how the space makes them feel and some significant items.
- Make a list of books you have read to help you cope
- Print copies of financial documents. This illustrates how your organization has been impacted and possibly documents how your organization recovered.
- If you have created a community resource manual, print it and bind it! Include them in this history preservation project!
- Have your staff & volunteers write down prayers that keep them grounded.
- Screen record your organization’s Instagram story! Archivists are working to create strategies to adequately capture content on social media. Why don’t we help them out?
- Record staff meetings on Zoom! And don’t forget to turn on the feature that creates closed captioning. We want our videos to be accessible to all abilities.
- Write thank you notes to people that have supported you during this time. This is more for their keepsake than yours lol.
- Print essential emails that documents organizational changes, new policies & procedures and more! Because we don’t write letters like we used to, printed emails serve as a great representation of 21st century communication.