Special Collections Instruction

We welcome undergraduate and graduate classes to come and use our collections. Our Department’s faculty and staff provide a variety of opportunities for you to add additional value to your classes. We provide tours and an overview of what an archive is, work with students to explore print materials and archival collections, or work with instructors to select items for more detailed analysis. We also collaborate with faculty to develop course assignments using Special Collections holdings. Sessions can be held in Special Collections or library instruction spaces, or we can bring materials to your regular classroom if necessary.

Interested in learning more? Have an idea for a possible instruction session you’d like to partner with us on? Want to schedule an instruction session? Please complete the form below, which will ask you some basic information about your class so that we can ensure your Special Collections session meets the overall goals of the course. We require at least 1 week of advance notice to schedule instruction sessions.

After we receive the form, a member of the department will follow up with you within 2 business days, and provide you with general information useful for planning the instruction session, and an overview of basic researcher rules. Instructors have the option of choosing materials and conducting the session themselves or having a staff member select materials (in consultation with the instructor) and conduct the session.

Request a Special Collections Instruction Session

Prior to your class visit

To better prepare your students, please alert them to the following guidelines

Students using the Special Collections reading room independent of class time

If you expect your students will do research in Special Collections independent of class time, please ask your students to familiarize themselves with our policies before their arrival, noting the following information: