Located on the fifth floor of the Kreitzberg Library, the Archives Instruction Room allows classes to explore historical primary source materials collected by the Norwich University Archives. Collections from Archives and Special Collections can be used to support such diverse subjects as engineering, English, sports medicine, history, languages, physics, and math.
Seats: 20 students
Times available: 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Mary Margaret Groberg, Archivist for Education and Outreach, firstname.lastname@example.org or x2061
Faculty may choose to bring their class to the AIR for one or more sessions throughout the semester, or may request a semester-long reservation. All bookings are on a first-come, first serve basis, subject to staff and room availability. In addition, the faculty member must:
Class sessions taught using the archives are always hands-on and typically employ active learning strategies to engage students’ critical thinking skills. Working with archival collections can spark historical empathy and thoughtful discussion about where information comes from.
Use case: Students rotate through stations displaying different archival documents, complete worksheets about the documents’ origin and purpose, then come together for a class discussion about their observations and questions.
The AIR is located immediately adjacent to the Norwich University Archives reading room, staff workspaces, and collection storage on the 5th floor of the library. This proximity offers students and faculty a unique opportunity to become familiar with the space and daily work of the archives, as well as a convenient way to incorporate the collections seamlessly into a course throughout the semester in the case of semester-long reservations.