A digital archive and student reflections from Contextualizing COVID-19: Plight, Pandemic and Policy, a history course offered at the University of Guelph in Fall 2020 and Summer 2021.

Together, students in this course put COVID-19 in historical perspective through lectures from 15 faculty members from Guelph's History Department on topics including medieval and early modern plagues, the 1918 and other pandemics, the history of vaccination and public health, the rise of hospitals, as well as tourism and sports in times of disruption. Students were tasked with documenting their own experiences during the pandemic, creating an archive of the documents that they believe represent their experiences, and then reflecting on the different ways that their own experiences differ from or reflect the experiences of people in the past. Feel free to explore this unique collection of student's experience of life during the pandemic.