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Teaching with Special Collections

Additional Resources


Teaching activities from other institutions

Brooklyn Historical Society:

U.S. National Archives: and

Library of Congress:

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History:  Teaching Literacy through History


Books & Articles

Anne Bahde, Heather Smedberg, and Mattie Taormina, Using Primary Sources: Hands-on Instructional Exercises (Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, 2014).

Sharon A. Weiner, Sammie Morris and Lawrence J. Mykytiuk, “Archival Literacy Competencies for Undergraduate History Majors,” American Archivist 78:1 (Spring/Summer 2015): 154-180.


Free Online Courses

Tangible Things: Discovering History Through Artworks, Artifacts, Scientific Specimens, and the Stuff Around You.  Harvard University / EdX.  

Book Sleuthing: What 19th-Century Books Can Tell Us About the Rise of the Reading Public Harvard University / EdX.

Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects.  Smithsonian / EdX.


Stories about Special Collections Instruction on the LSU Libraries Blog