Sonoma Responds: A Community Memory Archive

Sonoma Responds

Tell Your Story

Sonoma County Library invites you to document, share,
and preserve the record of living through these remarkable times.

We are experiencing a defining moment in history. Your contributions will become a part of the collective memory.

These primary sources will be shared with our community through our website, in our digital collections, and with our online partners such as Online Archive of California, Calisphere, Internet Archive, and the Digital Public Library of America.

  • Share your neighborhood howls.
  • Share your protest signs.
  • Share your photographs & videos.
  • Share your recipes & shopping lists for quarantine cooking.
  • Share your writings, drawings, paintings!
  • Create and share a zine!

Share your frustrations. Share your challenges. Share your successes.

How Can I Contribute?

You may choose one or more ways to share.

  1. Share Your Social Media Posts: Use the hashtag #SonomaResponds for your social media posts.
  2. Share Your Story Here: Reflect on this moment.
  3. Share Your Story as a File: Share your story by uploading a file. You can submit an image, document, etc.
  4. Nominate a Link for the Sonoma Responds Web Archive: Share the URL to a website, webpage, blog post, news article, etc.
  5. Nominate Your Physical Material for the Archive: All accepted submissions will be required to complete a Terms and Conditions form and will be collected after the pandemic has passed.

Who Can Contribute?

Everyone! If you live in, work in, enjoy Sonoma County, we want to hear your story!

We are especially interested in amplifying and documenting experiences of Black, Indigenous, and folks of color, LGBTQ+ and disabled individuals and communities. If you speak a language other than English, please share your story in your preferred language. Historically these voices have been excluded and silenced in history and in representation in archives.

If younger than 18, contribution(s) must be submitted by a parent/legal guardian.

By submitting to Sonoma Responds: A Community Memory Archive, you retain your copyright and other intellectual property rights in anything you submit but you will be granting the Library permission to preserve, publish, use, and distribute your materials.

Your materials may be routed through the Library's servers, the servers of one or more third parties, and the Internet, and may be viewed by Sonoma County Library staff and the general public.

You may apply an optional Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license to your contributions. Creative Commons allows you to share your knowledge and creativity broadly and allows others to adapt, transform, or build on your work, with the appropriate credit/attribution to you as the original creator. Learn more about Creative Commons here.

Please be mindful of others’ privacy and safety.

Submitted material must not violate confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws. Do not include personal information, such as address or phone numbers. Sonoma County Library has no obligation to use or publish your contribution if deemed out of scope.

Explore tips and guides for documenting protests/demonstrations, violence, hate, and more:

Contact the Sonoma Responds Archive Team: sonomaresponds@sonomalibrary.org

See the full Terms and Conditions of Sonoma Responds.