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Instruction and Tours of Special Collections and University Archives


Our instruction program centers on teaching primary source literacy, which is the ability to identify, find, and evaluate primary sources. Our unique collections showcase various subjects including 19th and 20th century American History, Race and Gender Studies, Environmental History, Japanese History, Media Studies, Labor History, and the history of the state of Maryland. In addition to leading instruction sessions in the classroom, we are happy to work with instructors to develop teaching materials or assignments for their students. Read about our learning outcomes.

Student using material during instruction

Our menu of services include:

  • Hosting course or subject-specific single class visits
  • Curating selections of our material which can be served to learners in our library or online
  • Designing instructional material, such as lesson plans, slide decks, or syllabi
  • Creating course or subject-specific Research Guides


We provide tours upon request, which are designed to accommodate each group's specific interests and learning goals. Please email us to learn more about our tour options.

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We ask that you submit your request at least three weeks in advance, so that we can provide the best service possible. 

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