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Frequently Asked Questions

Update: The Hindsight 2020 submission form closed on January 10, 2022. Thank you to everyone who participated in the project. If you have questions, please email

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الأسئلة التي يتكرّر طرحها (Arabic - PDF)

Who can contribute to Hindsight 2020: New Haven?

Residents of Greater New Haven who are over the age of 18 are welcome to contribute their stories to the project.

For the purposes of this project, Greater New Haven includes the following towns:






East Haven





New Haven

North Haven

North Branford






West Haven


Based on the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Greater New Haven Community Progress Report, 2020, p. 2

What can I submit to Hindsight 2020: New Haven?

Using the submission form, you may submit text and, if you wish, attach one digital photo. You may reflect on any topic related to events of 2020, or respond to one of the prompts provided. You are welcome to contribute more than once.

Please don’t submit sensitive or confidential information or, if submitting photos, images of people under 18 years of age. See the full Terms and Conditions for Submissions before submitting your contribution.

What’s the deadline for submitting to the project?

We expect that most contributions will be added in the first months of 2021, but the submission form will remain open through 2021. 

What will happen to my submission?

Your submission will be publicly posted to the project website as soon as it is processed by our team (generally 2-5 business days). If we have any questions about your submission before posting it, we will be in touch with you via email. 

Your submission will remain on the project site until July 2022, when the site becomes inactive. After that point, your submission will be preserved by Manuscripts and Archives in the Yale University Library and will be accessible via the free and publicly-accessible Archives at Yale portal and digital library. The collection guide will include an inventory of submissions with links to each submission. 

What if I want to remain anonymous?

If you do not wish to have your name associated with your submission, check the box next to “Do not display my name publicly” in the submission form. We will still ask for your name and email address so that we can contact you with questions about your submission, but that information will not be posted on the project site or in any description of your submission in the collection.

Who manages Hindsight 2020: New Haven?

Hindsight 2020: New Haven is a project of Manuscripts and Archives in the Yale University Library.

The site is managed by Michelle Peralta, Resident Archivist for Yale Special Collections, and Jennifer Coggins, Archivist for Collection Development.

Please contact us at if you have questions or concerns.

What are other ways I can document my experience of 2020?

Hindsight 2020: New Haven is just one of many ways to preserve your reflections on this time.

  • The Yale University Archives is collecting reflections on the COVID-19 crisis from Yale students through their project Help Us Make History.
  • The New Haven Museum and New Haven Free Public Library are collecting stories and materials documenting life in the city of New Haven during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If you have non-digital materials documenting this time in New Haven and you’d like to donate them to Manuscripts and Archives, please contact us at
  • If you live outside the Greater New Haven area, check for similar projects in your town or state. Your local public library, historical society, or museum might be a good place to start.
  • Consider starting your own project documenting this time in your family or community. See our Resources page for ideas and advice for preserving your materials.