Our new Archives classroom is open! Unless otherwise noted, all archival instruction will take place in the new classroom on the 3rd floor.

Our archivists welcome the opportunity to collaborate with instructors in designing 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 welcome classes from all disciplines and academic levels, whether they are in-person, online, or hybrid classes. We’ll tailor our approach to your class format.

Explore a unique approach to primary source literacy instruction developed by Abigail Nye (UWM Archives) and Dr. Krista Grensavitch (History/Women & Gender Studies/Ethnic Studies).

Request archives instruction with this form. While we do our best to accommodate scheduling requests, last minute requests are not always feasible.

Examples of our online instruction:

  • Provided digital versions of material and guided students through analysis in a Zoom 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!

Learn more about our collaborative work: