Bring your class to the archives for a first-hand look at documents, photos, films, and materials specifically tailored to the class you are teaching. Students can experience history from those who created it. For more specialized class sessions, staff will work closely with faculty and instructors to identify materials pertinent to their topics and assignments. Orientation sessions introduce students to our procedures and give an overview of our resources, including registration, proper handling of materials, research techniques, intellectual property principles, and feasible timelines. Basic search strategies and tools, as well as useful tips, to help students find materials and make the most of our resources may also be included. Previous tours have included students from engineering, urban sociology, English, aerospace medicine, and history, to name just a few!
Customized presentations and orientations can be brought to your classroom! We work with faculty to develop assignments and exercises that encourage the research use of primary materials. Primary source documents can inspire as well as teach students to identify, define, and solve problems by locating and critically evaluating information. Students learn to verify sources, track down connections, and find evidence from content and physical clues, as well as understand the role of creativity, innovation, and discovery across disciplines.
We can assist in creating specialized subject or research guides for your classes on manuscript collections that will help support research for a particular class, subject or topic. We are also happy to partner with our research librarian colleagues to hold joint sessions to introduce students to primary and secondary sources.
Meet with an archivist individually to discuss how to incorporate primary sources and researching a topic in Special Collections and Archives into your lesson plans and assignments.
Please contact Special Collections & Archives to schedule a classroom visit, consultation, tour or orientation.