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Lori Wallach Oral History

Identifier: QMP-0020

Scope and Contents

Lori Wallach is the outreach coordinator for Queens Memory at Queens College. In this interview, she discusses the days in March leading up to school closures. She reminisces about March 11th, the last day CUNY was open, as the day the seriousness of the virus sunk in, thinking back on the surprise she felt. Lori talks about her life since the pandemic—working from home, the quietude of her neighborhood, experiences shopping, and the concern for her elderly mother. She also reminisces about the similarities and differences between COVID-19 and Hurricane Sandy and where she finds hope in the current crisis.


  • 2020-04-07



This oral history is open for research. Media files and transcript can be viewed and/or requested through the Queens Memory Project on Aviary: For help using the site, contact

Conditions Governing Use

Interview shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Users are free to share or adapt the material for non-commercial purposes, as long as they meet the terms of the license. See license details at

Biographical / Historical

Lori Wallach received her masters degree from the Graduate Program in Library and Information Studies at Queens College in 2014. She currently serves as Queens Memory Outreach Coordinator at the Benjamin Rosenthal Library's Special Collections and Archives.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Queens College and Queens Public Library by Lori Wallach and Obden Mondesir in April, 2020

Processing Information

Oral history conducted as part of the Queens Memory Project (, a collaborative program of the Queens Public Library and Queens College to collect stories, images, and other evidence of life in the borough of Queens.

This interview was specifically collected for the COVID-19 Project, an effort to document life under pandemic in Queens and at the college.


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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us