Help Us Make History—an archival project launched by the Yale University Library in May 2020—invites undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to contribute their written and visual records of life on and off campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Yale Talk, President Salovey learns from University Archivist Michael Lotstein about how students, faculty, staff and alumni throughout the generations have helped to write Yale’s history. Current Yale College students Solomon Adams ’24, Emma Levin ’23, and Regina Sung ’24 contribute readings from among the hundreds of submissions that the project has received to date.
Over two days during the fall semester, as part of the Help Us Make History project, the Yale University Library invited students on campus to fill out postcards in response to the question “What would you like future students to know about being a Yale student in 2020?” More than 250 students hand-wrote postcards, with another 150-plus submitting their reflections online. This archival project remains open, and students can share their responses to the newest prompt—“Tell us about your biggest accomplishment this fall.”—at https://makehistory.library.yale.edu/.