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Documenting COVID-19 Experiences at SUNY Maritime College, 2020

Identifier: CA-RG18-0001

Scope and Contents

Items in this collection include born digital stories pulled from a Google Form and converted into a word document, images, videos, and oral histories.


  • 2020-05-04


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions may be provided to users to support research and scholarship. However, collection use is subject to all copyright laws. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Biographical / Historical

In January of 2020, a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was discovered in California. By the first of March, New York City had it's first case of the virus. This virus spread quickly throughout New York CIty leaving Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency by March 7th. On March 11, Governor Cuomo annouced the clousure of all City University of New York and State University of New York schools and all classes be moved online.

Governor Cuomo put New York State on "pause" through executive order, which closed all non-essential buisnesses, cancelled all non-essential gatherings, and asked all non-essential workers to stay home. Essential buisness included grocery stores, gas stations, health care services, and infrastructor services beginning on March 22.

This executive order to stay at home was meant to end by mid-April. However, parts of New York State remained on "pause" until May 15th. Governor Cuomo released seven metrics regions must meet in order to begin reopening in phases.


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In March 2020, SUNY Maritime College was temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In May, the archivist sent a call for stories, images, and oral histories from students, faculty and staff of SUNY Maritime College to collect the impact the pandemic had on their lives.


Items are arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Items were collected by individual donors beginning in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mckinley, Jesse, and Edgar Sandoval. “Coronavirus in N.Y.: Cuomo Declares State of Emergency.” The New York Times, 7 March 2020, Accessed 11 May 2020.

West, Melanie Grayce. "First Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in New York State." The Wall Street Journal, 1 March 2020, Accessed 11 May 2020.

New York State, Department of Health, "New York On PAUSE" Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Accessed 11 May 2020.

New York State, Governor Pressroom, "Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces 'NYS on PAUSE' Extended until May 15" Governor Pressroom, Accessed 11 May 2020.

Processing Information

This collection is a continuous and growing collection. The archivist created a Google Form in May 2020 open to all students, faculty, and staff of Maritime College. Submissions were collected and converted into individual word documents. Additional items including images, vidoes, and oral histories are included with the donor's personal account.
Documenting COVID-19 Experiences at SUNY Maritime College, 2020
Renae Rapp
May 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

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