Treasures of the Archives

UHP is excited to partner with the University Libraries ASC (Archives and Special Collections) to provide Honors students a unique opportunity to work hands-on in collections under the guidance of archive and collection curators. directors. Students will tour archives (in-person and/or digitally) and speak with curators in the Fall Semester to learn about the contents of the collections, then shift to doing independent research with the archive or special collection of their choice.

The caverns in the sandstone banks of the Mississippi hold untold treasures for those who are interested in unearthing information from that past—be that in books, magazines, pamphlets, and other published material; or in ephemera like T-shirts, board games, and political buttons. Students will explore the collections, identify a topic, work with a collection director, and dive into a research project that is wholly their own.

Ultimately, students will share the results of their experiences in a final showcase. These results may take many forms: a mini-exhibit, a written guide to research materials (a good first step toward completing an Honors thesis), a recorded conversation with another student in the experience, a presentation (formal or via poster), and so forth.

 

Activity Period: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters

Meets: For fall term, every other Thursday from 9:30–11:30am; independent work to follow and a final showcase in Spring

Students Admitted: 15