Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Teaching in the Archives

My former student Amy James just brought this to my attention.  The Brooklyn Historical Society has put together a very useful site for teaching primary sources.  Here is a taste of what it is all about: is an innovative resource for teachers, administrators, librarians, archivists, and museum educators. It offers sample exercises and informative articles based on a new approach to teaching in the archives. is the result of Students and Faculty in the Archives (SAFA), a three-year grant at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) which partnered with 18 faculty at 3 colleges within walking distance of the archives: Long Island University Brooklyn, New York City College of Technology (City Tech), and Saint Francis College.

From 2011 to 2013, SAFA brought over 1,100 students to BHS to analyze original documents. Independent evaluators have found that SAFA students are more engaged and perform better than their peers in non-SAFA classes. This site includes extensive SAFA project documentation.