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NEW - Community Documentation COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic will certainly go down in history as a significant event of the 21st century. During this health crisis, the GRPM will be collecting digital submissions of community stories, videos, photos and objects to ensure our local experience is recorded for future generations. We encourage you to take a moment to reflect and share how COVID-19 has impacted you, your family and community. 

For large files or if you have trouble uploading, please email submissions to


Share your written story or video of how COVID-19 has impacted you or your family. You might consider:

  • What has changed in your daily life? Your job? Your family?
  • What has been your emotional response?
  • What lessons can be learned from this time?


Upload photos that capture life during COVID-19 through your eyes. For example: 

  • Empty streets or playgrounds
  • Photos of your children participating in distance learning
  • Missing product on grocery store shelves


After the crisis is over, consider donating objects or materials such as the following:

  • Household items – grocery lists or locally made consumer products
  • Education – lesson plans, email communication 
  • Signage – created by businesses or households in response to the pandemic
  • Medical items – masks or other personal protective equipment 

*Please note: In order to ensure all health care workers have the resources needed during this time, the Museum will not accept medical items such as N95 masks until this crisis is over.

For questions about COVID-19 documentation, submissions or donations, please contact or call 616.929.1809.

Many community members have already donated to the GRPM Collections documenting their experience during COVID-19. Click below to see what has been collected. 

The GRPM boasts one of Michigan’s largest collections of historical and cultural artifacts and scientific specimens that tell the stories of West Michigan and the wider world. With the size of the GRPM Collections, only approximately 5% can be on display for the public at a time, and approximately 95% are stored at the Community Archives and Research Center. You can view many of these objects on the GRPM’s online database. More are added every day.





The GRPM strives to make its Collections as accessible as possible to all. GRPM curators work with researchers from all over the world assisting with queries related to history, science and culture.


The GRPM’s Collections are always growing. If you have items that you think the Museum might be interested in, contact us and learn how to donate items to the Museum and help preserve the community’s history.

Community Archives and Research Center

The Community Archives and Research Center is a research and storage facility which houses the Collections of the Grand Rapids Public Museum as well as the Grand Rapids City Archives and Record Center and many Kent County records. The CARC is located at 223 Washington Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503