TEACH USING THE SOUTHERN HISTORICAL COLLECTION
Union Meeting, St. Francis County, Ark., 1937
From the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union Records (#3472)
|The University Library's Southern Historical Collection contains unique and easily accessible primary source materials that are available for student research projects and classroom use. The collection contains more than 16 million discrete original documents in an almost infinite variety of formats including, letters, diaries, maps, ledgers, oral histories, photographs, literary manuscripts, drawings, sound and moving image recordings, pamphlets, and printed ephemera.|
The American South
Our collection provides strong documentation of all periods of southern history and culture since the late eighteenth century. Topical strengths range widely, but especially prominent are plantation culture, the American Civil War, politics and political activism, race relations, religious experience, education, rural life, public health, southern writers, African American life, journalism, business, and family relations.
An often overlooked aspect of our collection is that it contains a wealth of materials about the broader world. Southerners have traveled widely and their impressions of foreign lands were frequently remarked upon in the documents that they created and kept. We have the papers of confederate expatriates living in Brazil and Egypt, of missionaries proselytizing across Asia and Africa, of soldiers and sailors stationed in Korea and Haiti, and of diplomats posted to Imperial Russia and Mexico. These examples are illustrative rather than comprehensive and we invite you to search our collections for the places that interest you and your students.
You can schedule an introduction to our collections for your students. After consultation to determine your instructional expectations, our archivists will tailor their presentation to meet the informational needs of your class. Frequently discussed topics have included:
Course Specific Services and Instruction
In addition to the more general information presented during a Collection Orientation, our archivists are able to collaborate with instructors to integrate our materials and researcher services more fully into a course syllabus. The support and resources employed by instructors and students have included:
This list of services is not exhaustive and our archivists would be delighted to discuss your instructional needs and our collections and resources. For further information, please contact Laura Clark Brown or Matthew Turi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-962-1345.