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Teaching with Special Collections

Special Collections Librarians are available to provide online instruction and assist in designing assignments using our digital collections and digitized items. For assistance, please contact Special Collections to determine how we can help.


Our collections cover a wide range of disciplines and subjects and can be used to support course lectures and student research. Whether a one-time visit or a semester-long project, an archivist or curator will design a tailored experience that meets your learning goals while also allowing your students to interact with rare and archival materials.

What to expect

  • An introduction to Special Collections and its procedures
  • Experience with primary resources and/or rare materials
  • Expert knowledge from a Special Collections archivist or curator
  • A custom research guide of primary and secondary sources

Classroom Guidelines 

Our Special Collections classroom has space for up to 19 participants. Our classroom is designed to support instruction using primary source material. 

Photograph of the Special Collections and University Archives classroom.

The following guidelines for classroom use are required to ensure proper usage and handling of Special Collections material:

  • No food or drink is permitted in the classroom.
  • Before the class session, all participants must register in Aeon, our resource management system.
  • A Special Collections staff member must be present during the class to supervise the use of Special Collections materials and to explain their handling.
  • Use of the classroom is based on availability.
  • One week’s notice gives our staff time to best prepare for a class.

If you are interested in bringing your class to Special Collections, fill out our request form or contact Special Collections directly.