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Archives Instruction Program

Our archivists welcome the opportunity to work with instructors to collaborate in the design of instruction sessions, learning objects, and primary-source-based assignments. Beyond introducing students to archival research and our facilities, we aim to increase learners’ primary source literacy as outlined in the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy developed by the Society of American Archivists and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). We are dedicated to a learner-centered approach to teaching and work to foster students’ critical thought about information, its creation, and its historical legacy. We work with classes from all disciplines and academic levels.

Learn more about the kind of collaborative work that we do in this video.


Primary Source Literacy Instruction can be conducted for online classes.

Some examples of online instruction that we’ve done:

  • Provided digital versions of material and guided students through analysis in a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra video session
  • Embedded a self-guided primary source literacy module into a Canvas class, complete with mini-quizzes to assess student learning
  • Facilitated group learning in discussion boards
  • Created instruction videos about key primary source literacy concepts or class content

Other services we can provide include:

  • Personal video research consultations with your students
  • Video consultations about adapting primary source literacy instruction for your online class
  • Facilitating digital projects/exhibits with materials from the UWM Archives
  • Other ideas that you might have!