Special Collections & University Archives Instruction

Special Collections & University Archives provides instruction in a range of disciplines and subjects. We view primary source instruction as a central part of our mission and strive to reach as many students/patrons as possible through classroom instruction sessions.

Our staff works with faculty to tailor classroom sessions to complement their course. We use elements of backwards design to craft sessions that use active learning, peer to peer learning, small group discussion, and other methods to engage students with primary source materials. This includes creating in-class assignments that connect to course learning goals, co-developing course assignments using Special Collections & University Archives materials, or providing materials and guidance to students for independent research. You can learn more about our pedagogical approach and view material lists used for previous classes on the SCUA Instruction LibGuide [link forthcoming].

Scheduling an Instruction Session or Consultation

Sessions may be scheduled for regular class meeting times or as an additional class. Since materials cannot be removed from the library, sessions are held in the SCUA reading room or, for larger classes, another room in the library. Faculty wishing to schedule course-related instruction should contact Sarah Keen, University Archivist and Head of Special Collections and University Archives, or Xena Becker, Special Collections Librarian.

We look forward to working with you!