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Archive This Moment D.C. Collection

 Collection — external hard drive: DIG_00029
Identifier: 144

Scope and Contents

Archive This Moment D.C. tells the story of daily life in the District during the initial quarantine period of March 25, 2020 to May 28, 2020. Materials were collected from public Instagram posts submitted through the hashtag #archivethismomentdc. The structure of the original social media posts have been recreated as closely as possible. Materials that were posted together have been grouped together in this collection. In addition to social media, creators also submitted materials using a DC Public Library People's Archive webform set up for the project and through email. Content is arranged in chronological order.


  • Creation: 2020-03 - 2020-06

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Conditions Governing Use

The DC Public Library does not have the rights and cannot grant permission for content in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Archive This Moment D.C. 2020 tells the story of daily life in the District during the initial quarantine period of March 25, 2020 to May 28, 2020. More than 2,000 items were collected and have been uploaded to the People's Archives digital platform, Dig DC. The majority of the items were collected in April, followed by May and March. The collection includes selfies and portraits of people in masks; handmade signs of support for essential workers and the community; people navigating the city during the pandemic; and signs posted in business windows about closures, restrictions, and new ways of operating. All four quadrants of the District are represented in the collection.


0.5 Gigabytes (Instagram media and metadata scraped 2020-06-03. ) : 1,077 items

0.004 Gigabytes (Twitter media and metadata scraped 2020-04-28) : 20 items


This collection includes three series. Series 1: Instagram posts are the media elements tagged with #archivethismomentdc harvested from Instagram on June 3, 2020. Series 2: Instagram captions are the captions associated with the media elements in Series 1. Series 3: Webform submissions are the media submitted by community members through The People’s Archive website.

Content Description

Images, videos, and metadata scraped from Instagram and Twitter. Images, videos, text, and metadata submitted through a webform on The People's Archive website.

Processing Information

The collection is stored on an external hard drive and preservations copies are managed by the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). The files were renamed for standardization. A copy of the original files and a list of original file names have been retained.

Archive This Moment D.C. Collection
An inventory of the Archive This Moment D.C. Collection at DC Public Library
Laura Farley
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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