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Teaching with Primary Resources: We Can Help!

If you are interested in using the Archives to support and enrich your teaching, we can help! Our collections include rich primary source material that takes students beyond the textbook.


Although our primary focus is on the history of the university, it's not just about Norwich history. We can also help support exploration of a variety of other subject areas, depending on interests or assignments.

We offer students the opportunity to:

University Archivist Kelly Nolin (standing, left) and Assistant Archivist Gail Wiese (standing, right) assist students in transcribing historical letters for a service learning project

We're available to help by presenting to classes or working individually with students whether they are first-timers to archives or on their way to becoming more advanced users. We can tailor presentations to the needs of individual classes or work with faculty to locate and provide access to archival materials to supplement their own presentations.


Most classes using our collections plan an assignment or exercise supported by our collections. We can use our knowledge of collections to suggest particularly compelling or well-supported documents and topics. But we also ask instructors to examine the collections they are asking their students to use before finalizing assignments.


If you are looking for ideas, you can contact us, explore our online collections, or look at previous classes featured on our blog. We are always happy to meet with you to discuss your ideas and goals for your students.


Contact us by calling 802-485-2722 or emailing us directly at archives@norwich.edu. Contacting us and planning ahead allows us the time to create a positive and engaging experience for your students.

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