Teaching With Archives
Spring 2016 Faculty Newsletter
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.
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.
An Exciting New Opportunity
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'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!