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Teaching with Special Collections

Special Collections and University Archives welcomes faculty and instructors to schedule classes in the department. 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
  • A hands-on 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

Please note that the earlier you schedule your class, the better. We would prefer at least two weeks’ notice. We have one classroom in the department that can accommodate a maximum of 15 students. Our Reading Room may accommodate up to 18 students. Other classrooms in the building may accommodate up to 24 students. We limit the number of unique items for classroom use to no more than 15 per session.

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