Instruction Services

Teaching with historical primary sources and rare secondary sources

Our instruction services include

  • An introduction to archives and special collections and instruction on how to find and use our materials.
  • Collaboration with us to design assignments and projects using primary sources.
  • Activities in which students observe, analyze, and interpret primary sources.
  • Guided discussions about a selected set of materials related to the course topic or theme.

We are delighted to collaborate on designing in-person, hybrid, or virtual sessions with Clarke Historical Library materials that will best fit your learning goals and student level. From a “show and tell” introduction to special collections to hands-on, experiential learning with selected historical materials, we are available to work with you to curate a group of relevant materials, formulate learning objectives, design in-class activities and take-home assignments.

Primary source research encourages students to develop a range of skills, both academic and personal. By engaging with primary sources, students begin to