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Class Instruction

students looking at books

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.

Here are some of the ways Bowdoin faculty are integrating special collections into teaching:

Single class session with no subsequent assignment
Offers students general familiarity with SC&A materials and procedures; experience handling rare and fragile items; experience examining, interrogating, and interpreting documents

Single class session with single assignment (requires student return visit(s) to SC&A)
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

Multiple class sessions with multiple assignments (requires student return visits to SC&A)
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