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Archives-Based Teaching Intensive | Hoover Archives

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Hoover Institution Archives and Library

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Stanford, CA 94305

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Archives-Based Teaching Intensive | Hoover Archives

Friday, Oct 25 (10a-1p) & Friday, Nov 1 (10a-1p)


We are seeking Stanford PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences interested in:

- Acquiring hands-on, practice-based skills in archives-based undergraduate teaching

- Getting to know colleagues and the inside workings of the Hoover Archives – and how they think about acquiring and using collections

- Partaking in a groundbreaking pedagogical pilot in archives-based undergraduate education, called "Massively Multiplayer Humanities"


The program/class will take place over two days:

Friday, Oct 25 (10a-1p)

Friday, Nov 1 (10a-1p)

During the first of these sessions, students will learn about fundamental archival handling techniques, usage guidelines, security issues, principles of archival organization, and bibliographic literacy around Hoover Archives materials, along with an insider’s tour of Hoover Archives.

During the second session, students will partake in a hands-on session using Hoover Archives materials, with a class session enactment that demonstrates the program’s concepts.

Students who complete both days of the training will be eligible to receive credit for the course HISTORY 399P: Mastering Uncertainty: The Power of Archival Thinking.


You will learn the following skills:

- Selection and curation of archival documents for teaching purposes

- Handling of archival materials in an instructional context

- Hoover Archives' cataloging and organizational principles

- Guiding undergraduates in their encounter with the uncertainties and joys of archival work

- Assisting undergraduate students in developing their own research questions and building compelling arguments grounded in primary sources

- Leading undergraduates through the hands-on experience of knowledge production in Historical and other archival/primary source-based disciplines


The 2-part session is free and open to PhD students in all Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines.

- REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and we expect the 10 slots to fill up quickly.

- To be eligible for class credit, you must attend both sessions and complete assigned work.

- For those attending both days, please register separately for each session (so we have an accurate attendance count).

- It is permitted to attend only the first session. However, in order to attend the second "hands-on" session, you must have attended the first session.


The “Massively Multiplayer Humanities” (MMH) pilot, supported by Stanford Libraries and VPTL, seeks to mobilize Stanford’s invaluable reservoir of archival resources and expertise in service of a new model for archives-based undergraduate teaching for large-format lecture courses.


For more information about the training session and MMH, please contact Tom Mullaney ( )

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