AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project

AIHP COVID-19 Project

Please participate in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project.

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is documenting and preserving pharmacy stories and experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic for the benefit of future historians and scholars. We seek to record the effects of this public health emergency on all types of pharmacy experiences, including, but not limited to: community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, military pharmacists, pharmacy educators, pharmacy students, pharmacy customers/consumers, pharmacy regulators, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. We invite you to share your pharmacy stories, photos, videos, artifacts, and other documentation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

How to Participate

We are interested in your pharmacy stories or experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic. How did the public health emergency affect, for example, your work as a pharmacist, whether in a hospital, community, military, or other setting. How did the search for vaccines or pharmaceutical treatments affect your work as a pharmacist, pharmacy regulator, or a pharmaceutical manufacturer? How did social distancing and self-quarantine affect pharmacy practice, pharmacy education, or pharmacy customers? These are just a few examples of the types of pharmacy stories you could share.

How you record your stories and experiences is up to you.  Some possible ways to participate in the project are: writing in a journal, recording voice memos, saving social media posts, taking photos and/or videos of life, submitting artifacts related to the public health emergency, or creating multimedia works of digital storytelling.

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University of Wisconsin–Madison Social Distancing Guidelines

Please comply with all applicable local or state stay-at-home orders while self-documenting.

Submission Process

You can participate in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project either (1) by immediately sharing your thoughts/experiences and/or submitting digital materials or (2) by signifying your to intention to submit materials in the future. Please follow the link below for either method of participation.

At the link below, you will provide your name, email address, location, and occupation. If you choose to participate in the future, the Project will ask for your preferred participation method (e.g. journal, videos, pictures, oral history) and record your information to contact you later in 2020 or 2021.

If you choose to participate immediately, you will have the opportunity to directly type in and submit your COVID-19 experiences in a textbox on the form (up to 20,000 characters) and/or you may upload up to three (3) digital items for preservation in AIHP archives. Please click on button below to participate:

At the link above, AIHP can accept many different file formats, including images (jpg, png), videos (mp4, mov), audio (mp3), and text (txt, pdf, docx, doc).  If you have more than three digital items to share, you may compress them into a single .zip file to upload. If you have any questions about submitting specific formats or types of materials, or if you would like to submit large files, please email us for assistance at:

If you interview other people, you will also need to secure their permission for us to preserve and share these recordings with future researchers. Please have any collaborators complete the forms available at the link above if you wish to record them. If we do not receive releases from all participants we cannot preserve the materials. Only one person, however, should attach files to the form—collaborators can simply provide their personal information along with a description of the materials.

Submissions will not be immediately available for research. The AIHP Project team will review and process all submitted material before making items available to the public.

Thank you for your interest in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Historical Documentation Project. For any questions or comments, please email us at

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