The #DocumentingCOVID19 Oral History Project, 2020-2021

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Brueggeman, Nikki
Title
The #DocumentingCOVID19 Oral History Project
Dates
2020-2021 (inclusive)
Quantity
12 recordings + transcripts, (4.06 GB)
Collection Number
Cage 946 (collection)
Summary
The #DocumentingCOVID19 Oral History Project contains interviews, including transcripts, with Washington State University (WSU) students, a recent graduate, staff, faculty, and Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the WSU and Pullman communities. Interviews took place at the height of the pandemic when WSU was conducting classes and other business in a virtual format, as well as at the end of 2021, when most services had resumed in person.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.

Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Nikki Brueggeman is a writer, historian, and consultant who was raised in Walla Walla, Washington. She attended Washington State University where she received degrees in history and Asian studies in 2013. From 2015 to 2017, she taught English in South Korea as a Fulbright grantee. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Brueggeman became interested in preserving the stories of people from a wide variety of backgrounds about their experiences and began The #DocumentingCOVID 19 Oral History Project. Through her project, Ms. Brueggeman explores the experiences of friends, family, and acquaintances during the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the west coast of the United States. She would like to acknowledge the mentorship, advice, and support of Dr. Mapuana Antonio, Dr. Emily Anderson, Remijio Mendoza, Rebecca Brothers, Greta Starrett, and Kwapi Vengesayi.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The #DocumentingCOVID19 Oral History Project contains 12 interviews with Washington State University (WSU) students, a recent graduate, staff, faculty, and Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their personal and academic lives, as well as on the functioning of city government. It also includes transcripts of the interviews. Interviews took place at the height of the pandemic when WSU was conducting classes and other business in a virtual format, as well as at the end of 2021, when most services had resumed in person. All files are digital.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Mp3 and PDF files were created from the original wav and docx files and are available online.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply. Release letters were signed and copyright resides with Washington State University Libraries.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

The #DocumentingCOVID19 Oral History Project, 2020-2021 (Cage 946)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Interviews are arranged alphabetically.

Location of Collection

The original digital files are preserved on the MASC storage server.

Acquisition Information

Nikki Brueggeman donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries between 2020-2022 (MS.2020.32, MS.2021.15, MS.2022.04).

Future Additions

The repository expects to receive additions to this collection.

Processing Note

Gayle O’Hara processed this collection in 2021 and 2022. Audio files were received as wav files. Mp3 files were created from wav files using Audacity for online access. Transcripts were received as docx files and converted to PDF format for online access.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
Butzke, Ally WSU Senior with major in Sociology, minors in Workplace Diversity, Exhibition Studies, and History.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
42:03 minutes
Location: Camas, Washington. Includes transcript. Discusses being a junior and in Cougar Marching Band when WSU transitioned to online classes in March 2020; the impact of the pandemic on her work, academic and personal life; staying connected to friends through social media.
2021 January 14
Fang, Yihui (Bella) international student majoring in Computer Science and Finance at WSU.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
50:13 minutes
Location: Kent, Washington. Discusses the change to remote learning, being president of the International Student Council, staying connected to people via social media, and dealing with anti-Chinese bias in the United States during the pandemic.
2021 December 19
Johnson, Glenn A. Mayor of Pullman, Washington and retired professor at WSU.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
65:00 minutes
Location: Pullman, Washington. Discusses what makes Pullman and WSU so special, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on city government and the Pullman community, and the politicization of the virus.
2021 November 18
Hart, Lisa Head Women’s Tennis Coach at WSU.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
38:45 minutes
Location: Pullman, Washington. Includes transcript. Discusses impact of COVID-19 on WSU sports, the NCAA, and supporting both international and domestic student athletes. Details how WSU resumed practice with safety guidelines and how the campus and town changed as a result of the pandemic.
2020 November 19
Manis, Kathryn PhD student in English at WSU.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
50:14 minutes
Location: Pullman, Washington. Includes transcript. Discusses life on campus and in Pullman prior to and during the pandemic; the challenges of moving to both virtual learning and virtual teaching, as well as taking preliminary exams in a virtual environment; the impact of social isolation on self, fellow graduate students and the undergraduate students she is teaching.
2020 December 14
Mealey, Robert Chair of Veterinary Clinical Services and Director of the Animal Health Research Center at WSU.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
55:50 minutes
Location: Pullman, Washington. Discusses how the College of Veterinary Medicine and the veterinary teaching hospital stayed open through closures due to COVID 19, coordinating services, managing staff, the impact on students, and what he learned over the course of 2020-2021.
2021 November 10
Newlon, Kelly Director of Global Learning, who began at WSU in January 2020.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
63:00 minutes
Location: Pullman, Washington. Discusses the impact of COVID-19 on study abroad, including bringing students home at the start of the pandemic, financial issues, working virtually, and how study abroad is functioning in 2021 and going forward.
2021 December 02
Palmer, Guy Regents Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Creighton Endowed Chair, and Senior Director of Global Health at WSU.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
63:00 minutes
Location: Pullman, Washington. Discusses the impact of COVID 19 from the perspective of an infectious disease expert, difficulties obtaining necessary safety equipment for medical personnel in the United States and abroad, WSU's role in responding to and managing the virus, resistance to public health guidelines, and how to talk to individuals who are resistent to vaccines.
2021 November 16
Sekaquaptewa, Lee Fine Arts student at WSU.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
50:26 minutes
Location: Pullman, Washington. Discusses the initial impact of COVID 19, participating as an artist in the Black Lives Matter and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movements, painting murals, visiting family on the Yakima reservation and the impact of the virus on Indigenous communities, and transitioning back to the WSU campus in August 2020.
2021 December 03
Thigpen, Jenny Associate Professor of History at WSU with focus on women and gender; Director of the global degree (online) in History at WSU.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
45:06 minutes
Location: Moscow, Idaho. Includes transcript. Discusses when she first heard of COVID-19 and recognizing the tremendous impact on students, especially those who lost jobs, were essential workers, had health issues, and/or had childcare issues; seeing the disparities in experiences and trying to provide support to students during the crisis. Provides a historian’s perspective on pandemics and what we can learn from them.
2020 November 19
Thomson, Joshua Euphonium Performance graduate student at WSU.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
48:50 minutes
Location: Vancouver, Washington. Discusses starting WSU in fall of 2020 and the impact of the pandemic, especially as a musician and teaching assistant; COVID 19 social and academic adaptations with ongoing value; navigating the world as a trans person; and concerns about the impact of the pandemic on the trans community, as well as concerns about discrimination and increasing violence against trans people.
2021 December 10
VanVleet, Kaitlyn Graduated from WSU May 2020 with degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology, minors in Music and Spanish.
Brueggeman, Nikki (interviewer)
56:01 minutes
Location: Colfax, Washington. Includes transcript. Discusses the March 2020 transition to online classes due to the pandemic, participating in virtual graduation, and looking for work during the pandemic. Addresses plans for life after graduation being put on hold during the pandemic and trying to stay connected to others.
2020 December 03

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Covid-19 (Disease) -- Social aspects
  • Epidemics -- Social aspects

Corporate Names

  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Interviews
  • Washington State University -- Students -- Interviews

Form or Genre Terms

  • Interviews
  • Personal narratives

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Butzke, Ally (creator)
    • Fang, Yihui (creator)
    • Hart, Lisa (creator)
    • Johnson, Glenn A. (Glenn Allister), 1944- (creator)
    • Manis, Kathryn (creator)
    • Mealey, Robert H., 1964- (creator)
    • Newlon, Kelly Ann (creator)
    • Palmer, Guy (Guy Hughes), 1955- (creator)
    • Sekaquaptewa, Lee (creator)
    • Thigpen, Jennifer (creator)
    • Thomson, Joshua (creator)
    • VanVleet, Kaitlyn (creator)