Instruction

Teaching with Primary Sources

Archives and Special Collections staff offer a range of services for instructors interested in teaching with and about the books, manuscripts and other material in our collections. Building class discussions or assignments around archival documents or rare books can provide an engaging, multi-sensory experience for your students, one that often leads to unexpected insights.

A class may visit in order to examine special collections holdings specific to a course topic, but we also invite faculty to use Archives and Special Collections holdings to explore concepts such as the nature of evidence and the interpretation of historical materials. We are also available to give your class hands-on instruction in finding and working with primary source materials and to assist individual students who choose to pursue research projects or assignments using Archives and Special Collections materials.

If you have any questions or just want to discuss how to incorporate the collections in your course, feel free to stop in or send an email to Paige Roberts at proberts@andover.edu

Marcelle Doheny teaching History 100 class using rare books in Special Collections

Marcelle Doheny teaching History 100 class using rare books in Special Collections

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