Welcome

The Canadian collection of Journal of the Plague Year is seeking to document experiences of the pandemic from across the country. We invite you, as individuals and communities, to share your stories and impressions, be they text, photographs, social media posts, art, recordings, video, screenshots, or news, anything which may help historians or students to understand what you and those around you went through and felt during this significant time. 

The Canada collection was initiated by the MA Public History program at the University of Western Ontario. For inquiries please contact Michelle Hamilton at mhamilt3@uwo.ca.

Join us in documenting our uncertain moment. We are acting not just as historians, but as chroniclers, recorders, memoirists, as image collectors. We invite you to share your stories about how the pandemic has affected our lives, from the mundane to the extraordinary, including the ways things haven't changed at all. Share your stories in text, images, video, tweets, texts, Facebook posts, Instagram or Snapchat memes, and screenshots of the news and emails -anything that speaks to paradoxes of the moment. Imagine, as we are, what future historian might need to write about and understand this historical moment. 

What Stories to Share?

Allow this Journal of the Plague Year to become your personal diary--a place where you share moments of your life, along with hundreds of others to create a historical record of the pandemic. 

We imagine that there will be both traumatic and dislocating moments in this year of the pandemic, and ask you to share as you encounter them. The same is true for moments of unexpected joy--of spending more time with family or friends.  Your contributions can and should come from the landscapes of your daily life, both in suburbs and cities, but also through the social media and interwebs that increasingly connect us. Stories can be deeply personal, political, or mundane.  Help your communities to understand the extraordinary, as well as the ordinary of this moment. In the future, historians will be able to use this record of daily life to better understand the changing nature of our lives.

This archive took its title and inspiration from Daniel Defoe's novel of the same name. First published in March 1722 the novel, A Journal of the Plague Year, tells story of one man's experiences of the year 1665, in which the bubonic plague shook London. 

A Journal of the Plague Year was initiated by Catherine O'Donnell, Richard Amesbury, and Mark Tebeau in the School for Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.  The project is supported financially by the public history endowment at Arizona State University, a fund endowed by Noel Stowe.

The project has emerged as a curatorial consortium that includes faculty and graduate students from around the United States and now the world.