Teaching With Archives

Spring 2016 Faculty Newsletter

Happy Spring!

The sun is shining on the 5th floor of the library, and we can't believe it, but it's time to start thinking about Fall 2016 instruction!

Our biggest headline this semester is the introduction of a pilot Semester Course Use Award for one faculty member to teach a course for the entire Fall 2016 semester in the new University Archives and Special Collections instruction space.

We can't wait to share with you the work that we've been doing to excite and engage students with hands-on primary source learning. Keep reading to learn how you can get creative with the amazing on-campus resource that is the University Archives and Special Collections.

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Spring Semester Highlights

Rowly Brucken and his students got up close and personal with the History of Baseball by looking at student scrapbooks, scorebooks, game ephemera, photographs, and other materials from Norwich history.

Carl Martin invited his History of the English Language students to engage deeply and directly with 16th- and 17th-century texts from our rare book collection. The students learned about the books as artifacts of print culture as well as analyzing the syntax, vocabulary, and values of the language they used.

Steve Sodergren's Civil War Soldier seminar students answered some tough questions using manuscripts written by Norwich alumni who were at the St. Albans Raid, in Confederate POW camps, and even experiencing the Civil War from right here at Norwich.

Feeling inspired?

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An Exciting New Opportunity

We are thrilled to share the news that in Fall 2016, we will be carrying out a pilot Semester Course Use Award in the new University Archives instruction space. The award will give one faculty member the opportunity to teach a course for the entire semester in this beautiful new reading room. As with the Semester Course Use Awards for other spaces in the library, faculty from all departments are invited to submit an application that will be reviewed by a committee.

We hope the use of our new space will inspire faculty to collaborate with the University Archives and use our collections for several course sessions throughout the semester. We believe this will be an incredible opportunity to engage students in critical thinking and hands-on learning.

What's New in the Archives

We've acquired some exciting new collections recently, including the papers of the elusive Charles Hildreth Lewis, president of Norwich University during the Lewis College years of the 1880s. You can read about this collection, which mostly relates to his business interests, in a recent post on our blog.

We're also nearing the finish line on a project to digitize the hundreds of World War I service surveys that Norwich alumni completed and returned to the university during the 1920s. In addition to coinciding with the 100th anniversary of World War I, this project provides wonderful opportunities for students and faculty to research the combat experiences of our alumni and the war's impact on the Norwich community.

Norwich University Archives

Location: 5th Floor, Kreitzberg Library

Please feel free to call or email any time with your questions!