COVID-19 Archives are some of the Disaster Archives. It is necessary to collect disaster records produced in real-time at the disaster scene rather than start collecting records after the disaster recovery. Therefore, this study summarized the definition and purpose of disaster archives to understand the current status of domestic and foreign COVID-19 archives and examined overseas disaster archive collection policies that can be referenced in establishing a COVID-19 archive collection policy.
In addition, surveys and interviews were conducted on institutions that establish and operate related archives at home and abroad. As a result, record collection Improvement plans for the COVID-19 archive were proposed: Firstly, in terms of collection policy improvements, the essential elements identified in the survey were selected as additional collection policy elements. Secondly, diversification of participants’ groups requires the introduction of clear definitions of collection targets, diversification of promotional methods such as recording record contents through collaboration with related departments, and improving copyright issues that limit record donation. Thirdly, participatory record collection methods with efficient questionnaires in participatory forms and privacy issues are proposed as improvement plans.