Instruction & Outreach
Special Collections & Archives, Wake Forest University, encourages the use of its collections in undergraduate classes. We are eager to share our unique archival, manuscript, and rare book collections with students and faculty, through presentations and class visits. We offer general orientation sessions for classes using primary sources, course-related presentations on specialized topics, and are always available to assist with specific collection requests.
Special Collections & Archives does request two weeks’ notice to arrange for an instructional session. For further information, please contact us.
Introduction to Special Collections
Basic concepts: what is special collections, collection development policy, history of department, how to access, and description of collections; subject specificity is also available. Also available for LIB100/200 courses.
Basics of Oral History
Basic concepts: what is oral history, how to plan and organize a project, documentation, equipment, interviewing tips, and access issues.
History of Books and Reading
History of reading, writing, and print culture as it relates to subject areas of specific classes (e.g. French Enlightenment, U.S. Civil War, Protestant Reformation, etc.).
How to Conduct Research Using Primary Sources (Archives and Manuscripts)
Introduction to types of primary sources, how to request and use materials in Special Collections & Archives, and how to locate digital objects and collections.
Potential Library and Public History Careers for History Majors
Review of potential career paths for history majors, focusing on libraries, archives, and museums.
Role of Preservation in Academic Libraries
Introduction to basic concepts of preservation work, including the importance of reversible treatments, importance of acid-free and pH neutral materials, stability of temperature and relative humidity (RH), consistency of physical environment, storage, care and handling, and security.
Researching the History of Wake Forest University
Highlighting University Archives publications including Howlers, History of Wake Forest vols. 1-4, Old Gold and Blacks, and Alumni magazines. Will review archival finding aids, president’s papers, university archives record groups, and digital collections.
Topical presentations based on course subject
Topics vary according to subject/class but generally include introduction to Special Collections & Archives, examination of primary source materials relevant to class, instruction on how to conduct research in SC&A, and a class project or activity using SC&A materials.
LIB260: History of the Book, 1400-2000
Introduces students to issues in the history of the book in the West, from early modern manuscript culture through the beginnings of the digital age. Using materials from ZSR Library Rare Books Collection, students examine printed texts as objects of study in three major ways: as material objects with artifactual value, as vehicles for text, and as social constructs and agents of social change. Must register with instructor in advance. (1.5 credit elective class, offered Fall 2013)