Archives Alive

Archives Alive creates courses that enable students to develop innovative and significant projects based on original materials held in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. These courses are open to first-year and upper-class students and range from the arts and humanities to the socials sciences. Scholar-teachers guide students’ explorations, providing first-hand exposure to advanced research practices and immersive learning that goes beyond traditional coursework. Students produce signature products that demonstrate their capabilities for in-depth investigation, team collaboration and communicating the significance of their work to others.

Current Archive Alive Courses

Spring 2020 

Digital Durham

Old photo of Durham

ISS 356S/VMS 358S/EDUC 356S/HISTORY 382S (Seminar/SGLE)
Curriculum Codes: STS, ALP, W, R
Tuesday 1:40-4:10 PM, Rubenstein Library 350
Instructors: Trudi Abel and Victoria Szabo

Durham, North Carolina makes an ideal case study for examining emancipation, industrialization, immigration, urbanization and segregation in the context of the New South.  Digital Durham introduces students to the history of our locale and the process by which history is researched and written.  We will use primary materials from the Rubenstein Library--maps, photographs, handwritten letters, newspapers, and census data—to explore the history of Durham as well as broader themes in American history.  Students will also work individually, and in groups, with digital storytelling and data analysis tools to create interactive timelines, maps, visualizations, multimedia presentations and other techniques to share their research findings with the campus and the broader Durham community.