Made possible by a Friends of the Oakland Public Library mini-grant, Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL. In this miniseries, Dorothy Lazard (Oakland History Center) brings her Fall History lecture series to you.
Episode 4: Archiving the Pandemic
Dorothy is the interview subject in this final episode of the Fall History Miniseries. Amy Martin, Community Relations Librarian and our usual host, talks with Dorothy about the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes it has brought to our lives. Dorothy shares some early submissions to the Oakland History Center's COVID-19 East Bay Community Archive, a digital record of our pandemic experience that needs your stories.
Contribute to the COVID-19 East Bay Community Archive
Photos, stories, blog posts, videos, art - the Oakland History Center welcomes your contributions to what will be a digital archive of the COVID-19 pandemic in the East Bay. Submissions will be accepted through December 31.
"In 1919, the Mayor of Oakland Was Arrested for Failing to Wear a Mask." Erika Mailman for Smithsonian Magazine
- Influenza 1918, a documentary by PBS
- Influenza Encyclopedia: Oakland, California
- “In Flew Enza: Remembering the plague year in Berkeley” / California Magazine
- “On the Frontlines: Women led the fight against the 1918 pandemic“ / California Magazine
- The Spanish Flu of 1918: the history of a deadly pandemic and lessons for coronavirus / Channel 4 News
- Photos of the 1918 flu pandemic in California / California Sun Magazine
- On pandemic journaling: "12 ideas for writing through the pandemic with the New York Times." (You can access the New York Times for free from the Oakland Public Library. Visit oaklandlibrary.org/nyt72)
Featured in this Episode:
Dorothy Lazard, Oakland History Center Librarian
Amy Martin, Community Relations Librarian
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the every day lives of residents in the East Bay. It is important to capture the feelings, memories, and perspectives of people in our communities to accurately preserve this moment in time in our nation and our region. Contribute to the COVID-19 East Bay Community Archive and help us document our history.
Got a local history question for Dorothy or the Oakland History Center? Email email@example.com, or call (510) 238-3134.