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Class Visits to Special Collections @ Pitt

This guide will provide information to Faculty about what is possible in teaching with Special Collections and scheduling class visits to the department.

Welcome to the Special Collections Department!

Special Collections invites faculty to integrate rare printed resources and archival materials in their coursework through class visitations, tours, and programs to enhance teaching and learning. We welcome opportunities to support your instruction efforts by offering the following services:

  • Schedule a class visit to the Special Collections reading room

  • Incorporate rare books and manuscripts into your curriculum

  • Provide instruction about how to locate, interpret, and use primary source materials in all formats

  • Assist in creating class exercises to analyze and discern meaning from rare materials

  • Tailor instruction sessions and class assignments to complement the course

  • Show examples of specific types of binding, printing, formats, illustration techniques, etc.

  • Offer an orientation in preparation for a class assignment

  • Identify and locate resources to support your lecture or class session

  • Suggest collections appropriate for student research

  • Photocopy or digitize documents to be used as exemplars

  • Create a LibGuide to incorporate resources specific to your course