Special Collections & Archives supports a wide variety of teaching and learning experiences and we are always excited to assist in developing creative and innovative ways to use the collections. Since 2010, we have collaborated on over 350 courses and faculty from across disciplines have found meaningful ways to integrate SC&A’s resources into their classes. Many classes visit in order to examine materials specific to a course topic, but we also invite faculty to use our collections to explore concepts such as the nature of evidence and the interpretation of historical materials.
Offers students general familiarity with SC&A materials and procedures; experience handling rare and fragile items; experience examining, interrogating, and interpreting documents
Offers students greater understanding of SC&A collections; experience interpreting materials and confronting challenges like handwritten documents and incomplete documentation; introduces students to the archival research process
Offers students deep understanding of SC&A holdings; ability to examine and interpret primary sources complemented by secondary sources; allows students to undertake archival research and learn about primary research methodology through first-hand experience
Here are some of the ways Bowdoin faculty are integrating special collections into teaching: