The University Archives encourages and supports the use of its collection in the classroom and aids academic departments as they address program goals related to the use of primary sources (correspondence, photographs, etc.). Utilizing primary sources in the classroom helps undergraduate students develop necessary critical research skills. How does a historian/journalist/economist/author approach historical documents? What questions do they ask? The Archives' collection is rich in breadth and depth and, upon consultation with an archivist, it is likely that instructors can find materials related to their various academic disciplines.
Carey Beam (Wylie House Museum), Katie Kearns (Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning), and Dina Kellams (University Archives) have developed an instructional guide on primary source literacy that defines anticipated undergraduate research skills and provides level-appropriate exercise examples. Downloadable PDF: Primary Source Literacy
Please contact the Archives if you would like to utilize our collection for your class! We would be happy to help you develop an appropriate exercise or research assignment.
Keep an eye on this page, as we will continue to develop our work in this area!