We offer synchronous or asynchronous virtual class instruction and can tailor our sessions to meet your course objectives and topics. Here are some examples of class formats:
- Introduction to Archives & Special Collections: Outlines the type of material held in our collections, how to navigate catalogues, finding aids and requesting material in archival institutions
- Primary Source Research: Focuses on practical research skills such as finding, accessing, and handling primary sources in a variety of formats. An interactive activity will introduce students to the process of researching using primary sources.
- Primary Source Analysis: Investigates primary sources through hypothesis, analysis, synthesis, interpretation, critical thinking, and evaluation. Reviews collection biases in archives and how to use sources to develop both questions and arguments.
- Introduction to Archives: Explores the roles of cultural heritage institutions, reviews basic archival concepts and how records are acquired, arranged and described.
- Subject-Specific Instruction: Our holdings cover a wide range of subject areas and we love to showcase specific material from our collections that relate to your course topics! Explore our collections online, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can support the subject material of your class.
We have create a Libguide that reviews the principles of primary source research, highlights collections and explores archival silences and bias in archives
Digital Course Packs
We can create a small “digital course pack” of primary sources relating to your class that you can use in an assignment and/or pre-recorded videos that can be incorporated into a remote session.
We have started a series of videos to introduce students to our collections and archival research.
We have a reading room that can accommodate up to 25 students, and a teaching space that can accommodate up to 80 students. For larger groups we can conduct multiple shorter sessions.
We are happy to book either of our spaces for instructors and faculty to teach classes with our collections material, but we cannot remove items from the library.
Email us at email@example.com to book a class.
Our instruction format is informed by the Society of American Archivists’ Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy . Here are other educational resources on learning and teaching with primary sources:
ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Association of College and Research Libraries (Adopted January 11, 2016).
ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, American Library Association, October 27, 2011.
Evaluating Primary Sources Online, Robin M. Katz, 2021 (CC-BY-NC-SA License).
Using Primary Sources : Hands-On Instructional Exercises, edited by Anne Bahde, et al., ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2014. ProQuest Ebook Central.