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Toronto Metropolitan COVID-19 Community Archive

Terms and Conditions

You are being asked to contribute your recollections, photographic images, video, social media postings or other digital content to the University Library, which is creating a digital record of our local experience of the 2020-2021 COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

You may only submit material created entirely by you and not copied from or based, in whole or in part, upon any other photographic, literary, or other material, except to the extent that such material is in the public domain, or you have permission of the copyright owner, or its use is allowed by “Fair Dealing” as prescribed by the terms of Canadian copyright law.  

You must be 18 years of age or older to submit material. By submitting content through this form, you are granting Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) University permission to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity.

You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share, and all submitted material will be used in the manner you indicate on the submission form.  Submitted material must not violate any confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws.

Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) University is not obligated to include your content in this project or preserve it in perpetuity.

Submit content to the COVID-19 Archives

COVID-19 Community Archive FAQs

What can I submit?

We are looking for anything that University community members have created that relates to their experience during the COVID-19 lockdown. This can include photographs, videos, screenshots, digital or handmade artwork, social media posts, community notices, official documents, journal entries, poems, fiction or other writings – whatever captures your experience.

What is the archive for?

We hope to record the experience of our community members for future research. Documents in the archive will be primary sources for future researchers looking at this time period.

Why do you ask how I would like my work to be used?

We will make the items you upload available to researchers, who may want to use them in papers, presentation, articles, documentaries or other academic or creative works. You can select the level of use you feel comfortable (for instance, you may be ok with only non commercial uses) by selecting one of the 6 Creative Commons licences. All creative commons license require that you are credited for your work. For more information on Creative Commons Licences, visit their website.

Can I submit more than one file?

Yes, absolutely! The submission form is set up to accept only one file at a time, but if you would like to submit a series or several files, just email us and let us know: