Carleton Dispersed: Photos of the Covid-19 pandemic from across the country

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Carleton Dispersed: Photos of the Covid-19 pandemic from across the country


This collection has items collected by Carleton students during Spring and Summer 2020 that speak to the Covid-19 pandemic across the US. Most of the student body was off-campus, at home or elsewhere. These photos and documents were collected near where the students were living and reflect living during the pandemic. Most of the contributions were made by students in Historians for Hire.


Elizabeth Budd


Historians for Hire Students


Spring-Summer 2020

Collection Items

Celebrating 21st Birthday Covid-19 Style
A picture taken during a daily walk in Pierre, SD showing how one person is trying to make their 21st birthday special in the midst of social distancing. Out of frame is around five people with masks standing in a driveway and celebrating.

Elting Memorial Library COVID-19 Update #2
This photograph, taken on April 15th, 2020, captures the public-facing signage utilized by the Elting Memorial Library to communicate changes in operation to community members due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Little Red Fox Staff Relief Fund Facebook Announcement
This is a Facebook post made by the Washington DC cafe, Little Red Fox. The post publicizes the Little Red Fox's efforts to financially support its staff during the pandemic, and appeals to notions of community in asking for donations.

Virtual Cherry Blossom Viewing
A screenshot of a chat between two Carleton students. One remaining on campus receives a picture of cherry blossoms from the other back in Japan, his home country. The caption of the picture says "Virtual cherry blossom viewing!" which is a seasonal…

Message to Delivery Workers
A house in my neighborhood had this sign placed on the garage. It is relevant because it shows people's appreciation towards deliver workers who risk themselves daily fo the good of their communities. This sign also shows that people are trying to…

Gulf Oil Station COVID-19 Signage
An image of a large roadside sign at a Gulf Oil Station in Garrison, NY, indicating that the station is open for full service during "quarantine".

Family Chalk Art
A family used chalk art to show their support to first responders.

Community Magazine Promoting the Support of First Responders
This Facebook post by a community magazine encourages families to show their support for all medical staff by placing candles and luminaries outside of their home.

Elting Memorial Library Website Front-Page
The front page of the Elting Memorial Library (New Paltz, NY) website, which illustrates the ways in which the library seeks to continue serving the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quarantine vol. 1
A zine published online containing artistic work by Carleton students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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