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COVID-19 Collecting Terms and Conditions

You are being asked to contribute your recollections, photographic images, video, social media postings or other digital content to Lehigh University Libraries Special Collections, which is creating a digital record of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Your contribution will become a part of Lehigh's University Archive, where it will be preserved and eventually made accessible for future generations of users and researchers.

You may only submit material created entirely by you and not copied from or based, in whole or in part, upon any other photographic, literary, or other material, except to the extent that such material is in the public domain, or you have permission of the copyright owner, or its use is allowed by "Fair Use" as prescribed by the terms of United States copyright law.  If you would like to refer or nominate material which you do not own, please contact us at or include a link in the Google Form.

You must be 18 years of age or older to submit material. By submitting content through this form, you are granting Lehigh University permission to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity. You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share. 

If you indicate on the form that your submission is “public,” your material may be published on the web (with or without your name, depending on what you have indicated) as part of Lehigh Libraries' digital collections or exhibits. Otherwise, your material will only be available per Lehigh University Libraries guidelines.

Submitted material must not violate any confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws. Please be aware that all submissions and any information associated with the submissions (email address, descriptive information, etc.) may be provided to federal, state, or local law enforcement or other government agencies pursuant to a lawful subpoena or otherwise as required by law. 

Lehigh University is not obligated to include your content in this project or preserve it in perpetuity.  Decisions to decline submissions will adhere to the guidelines of Special Collections' collecting policy and deaccession policy.

Adapted from the Society of American Archivists' Documenting in Times of Crisis: A Resource Kit