FAQs

Who has access to anything I submit?

During the six-month collection phase of the project, all forms are sent secure (SSL) by default through JotForm and stored securely. The only people with access to stored forms are the librarians participating in this project. Other contributors do not have access to anything you have submitted. After the collection phase, the librarians of Palmerton Area Library, Dimmick Memorial Library and Lehighton Area Memorial Library will work together to curate a digital archive. This digital archive will be shared with the State Library of Pennsylvania to integrate in a state-wide digital archive. Once the archive has been curated, it will be available for public viewing.

Do I have to include my name with my submission? Can I contribute anonymously?

Submission forms ask for personal information such as name, age and zip code. This is required as a data organization tool and will help create the archive. You may choose to not have your name included with your submission when the archive becomes public.

Can people under the age of 18 submit a story?

Yes! We want to include the stories of as many Carbon County residents as possible. Everyone who contributes must agree to the Release of Copyright. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must agree to the Release of Copyright which is linked to the submission form.

Can I submit more than one story?

Absolutely. Your thoughts, feelings and experiences are valuable.

What type of writing can I contribute?

Journal entries, short stories, poetry, original song lyrics, personal accounts of events, blog posts, etc. You can write directly in the form or upload a file. Pictures can also be uploaded with your submission. You can upload video diaries in the submission form, rather than writing.

How do I submit something I've written with pen and paper?

If you are keeping a paper journal or prefer to write offline, please contact us. We will work with you to include your story. This may include scanning your paper story and creating a file that can be uploaded to the collection.