Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of content can I submit for my journal?
Journaling can take many forms: handwritten entries in physical journals, typed entries, drawings, paintings, photographs or music, oral or video recordings, just to name a few. Choose a medium that best expresses your creativity.
How do I submit my journal?
Near the conclusion of your project, instructions will be emailed to you on how to submit your journal to the National Women's History Museum. For example, electronic content (or content that can be scanned, such as two-dimensional artwork) can be emailed or uploaded directly to the Museum; handwritten content and other physical submissions can be mailed to the Museum’s administrative offices:
National Women’s History Museum Journaling Project
205 S. Whiting St.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Will my journal be returned to me?
No. By agreeing to donate your journal, it is understood that the purpose and intent of the gift is to transfer and assign all rights, title, and interest in the journal that you may possess to the National Women's History Museum. We suggest making a copy of your submission for your records before donating any part of it to the Museum. A Deed of Gift will be issued to you from the Museum. The NWHM and/or the Museum's collaborative project partner, The New York Times Company, may make discretionary use of the donated materials to include, but not limited to, exhibition, display, publication, digitization for preservation and access purposes, and making materials available for research and future scholarship. The NWHM reserves the right to decline any submission deemed inappropriate for the project.
When should I submit my journal?
We invite you to keep a journal in 30, 60, 90, or 120-day, or any other longer or shorter increments. If life gets in the way of a daily, month-long journal, that’s okay! Simply commit to what you can or what you already have. If at the end of your chosen tenure you choose to extend your project, please send a quick email to us at [email protected] indicating that you’d like some additional time. Near the conclusion of your project, instructions will be provided to you on how to submit your journal to the National Women's History Museum.
How will my journal be used?
The journals will be used as a living archive of women’s lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as for online and physical exhibits, articles and stories. This archive will also hold a special place in the future physical site of the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. In the meantime, we’ll share excerpts, images, videos, and oral recordings from women who choose to share their experiences with us.
What should I write about or create?
We want you to record your daily experiences during the pandemic. While every entry and journal will be unique, consider what you’re feeling, what you’re experiencing, what your day is like.
How long should each entry be?
That’s up to you! There is no word limit for submissions, and entries will likely vary in length from day to day.
Do I have to update my journal each day? Is it okay if I miss days here and there?
While this project aims to explore the daily life and experiences of women throughout this pandemic, we recognize that for a variety of reasons, not every contributor will be able to dedicate time to daily journaling right now–especially essential workers on the frontlines of this virus. We hope participants will aim for daily journaling, but we will accept all submissions.
Will the project continue after the pandemic ends?
The Museum will continue to collect journal submissions by registration only once the pandemic ends. We realize that endings are just new beginnings, and that capturing living history in the aftermath of the pandemic is invaluable to historians and future generations, as well.
Additional questions? Email [email protected]
Thank you for being a part of living history!