Special Collections and University Archives Instruction


We are excited to offer your class or group an instruction session or a presentation including materials from Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA). Using primary source materials

  • improves critical thinking and research skills,
  • engages students by making historical events more personal which helps them view history as a sequence of human events instead of distant historical events, and
  • encourages students to use evidence for their research.

Instruction can include, but is not limited to,

  • a general orientation to the department's resources, 
  • guidance on navigating the department's website, 
  • understanding finding aids, and
  • developing search strategies.

Visit SCUA Instruction Services for more details.

Please schedule your session at least 3 weeks in advance so that we can prepare for your visit. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at archives@iastate.edu. 

What would you like your students or group to learn during their visit to Special Collections and University Archives?
How much time will be needed?
Please specify course number, title, meeting times, etc.
Please tell us dates and times for your top 3 preferred visit dates.
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