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Hands-on History in Special Collections

Hands-on History in Special Collections

If you teach at MU, Stephens College, Columbia College, or any of the surrounding schools, we'd like to invite you to explore Special Collections with your students this semester. As part of a class session in Special Collections, your students will have hands-on access to the most inspiring and intriguing materials the Libraries have to offer. And we librarians can make it easy for you by contributing presentations, helping to orient students to primary source research, creating customized course guides, and consulting with you on ideas for assignments or projects.

To help you get started, take a look at our Resources for Instructors Guide and browse our Teaching Spotlight for innovative ideas from your colleagues.  Ready to jump in?  Contact us for assignment or activity ideas, or go ahead and schedule a class session through our online form.

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Upcoming Blog Series on Student Work in Special Collections

Looking for ways to get your students more involved with research in Special Collections? Follow our blog to see an entire series featuring research done by students in Dr. Juliette Paul's English 4300 class last spring.  Working with a mysterious early American manuscript, the students transcribed the text to contribute to the Digital Library, and then learned as much as they could about its author and early contexts.  Their project is a great example of work that benefits students and the library alike.

The students' posts will appear weekly on the MU Libraries' news site, Library Matters.  The manuscript and transcription are available in the University of Missouri Digital Library.

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Monastic Worlds in Special Collections

This video was created to support the course Monastic Worlds, taught by Dr. Rabia Gregory and Dr. Virginia Blanton at the University of Missouri's Columbia and Kansas City campuses in summer 2016.  It highlights three manuscripts in Special Collections and Rare Books that are known to have been used by monastic communities: a 12th-century copy of Priscian's Institutiones grammaticae, a 15th-century book of hours, and a 16th-century illuminated processional.  

Watch the video

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Teaching Spotlight: Megan Peiser

Teaching Spotlight: Megan Peiser

Teaching spotlight returns this semester for an interview with Megan Peiser.  We've taught several classes alongside Megan and are happy to have the opportunity to present her thoughts about teaching with Special Collections. SC: Please tell us a bit about yourself and your interests. I’m a doctoral candidate in the English department working in the fields of Eighteenth-Century British Literature, …

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Find us on Tumblr

This post, featuring our take on the comet responsible for the Perseid Meteor Shower, has proven to be very popular on Tumblr this week, with over 3,000 notes so far.  We post amazing materials from our collections just about every day, and we've found this a great place to engage with students.  We feature student and faculty work there, too.

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