COLLECTING HISTORY TODAY

As Ventura County residents react to new policies and recommendations aimed to restrict the virus’ spread, we wish to document and preserve the materials and stories that demonstrate how our county is continuing to communicate, work, commute, learn, teach, create, pray, celebrate, mourn, and give aid to others. 

Tell us your story or consider what objects or recordings best represent the experiences and observations that have stood out to you most. How are you and your family members spending your time? What do you regard as your biggest challenges? Was there a moment when you realized a historic event was taking place?

The stories and materials we collect will allow all of us to study and share these experiences in the future. You can help us by donating physical materials or by using the form below to submit digital content.

Before submitting content through our form, please review these Guidelines and Terms. To learn more about our usual donation process or to donate any historic or cultural Ventura County material, please contact our Collections Manager Renee Tallent at rtallent@venturamuseum.org.

Stories from COVID-19

See how others in the community are documenting their life during the COVID-19 pandemic and what is being submitted in support of the museum’s Rapid Response Collecting project.

CONTRIBUTING PHYSICAL ITEMS

The Museum is collecting select materials that demonstrate the impact of coronavirus and COVID-19 on our region. These might include items that represent the medical and economic impact of the virus on our region, such as modified take out menus, business signage, home lesson plans, grocery lists, and other objects. Due to the nature of the current crisis, we are not currently collecting the physical objects until it is safe to do so. However, we would like to get the conversation started with you about objects you might want to donate when it is safe.

To offer physical objects please contact Anna Bermudez, Chief Curator, or Deya Terrafranca, Research Library & Archives Director, at submissions@venturamuseum.org.

CONTRIBUTING YOUR DIGITAL CONTENT

The History Center is collecting select materials that demonstrate the impact of coronavirus and COVID-19 on our region. These might include typed personal reflections and stories, digital images, sound and film recordings such as home movies, social media posts, web sites, blog posts, and other digital content. You can help us by sharing documentation of your personal experiences. We especially encourage the donation of photographs and other media as file uploads, rather than as links to online posts.

To submit a file or URL location or write your story, please use our Collection Form below. For assistance, please contact submissions@venturamuseum.org.



Form Contribution Guidelines and Terms 

The Museum of Ventura County is collecting materials relating to the response of Ventura County residents and entities to the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19. Please read the following guidelines before submitting your content: 

  •  All accepted items will be made available for public research by the Museum of Ventura County.
  • By submitting content through this form, you are granting the Museum non-exclusive (shared), royalty-free license to preserve, modify, and share your content for public research, educational use, exhibits, or publication, including in print or online.
  • The Museum of Ventura County reserves the right to remove content that it considers duplicative, inappropriate, or outside the scope of this project. The Museum is not obligated to include your content in this project or preserve it in perpetuity.
  • Please only submit photographic, audio, or video material which you own or have created.
  • If you would like to refer or nominate material you do not own, please contact us at submissions@venturamuseum.org
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to submit content.