Monday, September 22, 2008

Instructional Sessions and Tours

Archives and Special Collections supports research and learning at Ball State University by offering instructional sessions and tours. We also welcome the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on course and immersive learning projects.

Instructional Sessions

These sessions will be developed to meet the specific needs of students in your class and will help them:
  • Learn how to conduct research using primary sources
  • Locate materials on specific topics within Special Collections and the Digital Media Repository
  • Use rare books and specialized research collection

Archivists can also suggest research materials and strategies appropriate to your class and syllabus and provide course-related handouts for use in the classroom and on Blackboard.

These classes may take place in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room of Bracken Library during our regular hours or by special appointment. Archivists can also visit your class or group for instructional purposes.

To schedule an instruction session please contact the appropriate staff member directly.

For an introduction to the Archives and Special Collections, and/or instructional sessions on rare books and special collections, contact John Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections ( or Lajmar Anderson, Archives and Special Collections Supervisor (

For an instructional session on the Stoeckel Archives of Local History and/or the Middletown Studies Collection, contact Maren Read, Archivist for Manuscript Collections (

For an instructional session on the University Archives, contact Carolyn F. Runyon, Archivist for Digital Development and University Archives (

For information on collaborating with Archives and Special Collections on immersive learning projects, contact John Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections (

You may also fill out the Request for Instructional Session Form or contact us at or (765) 285-5078.

Tours and Group Visits

Archives and Special Collections offers tours of its facilities to visitors and groups on the Ball State University campus and to the community. Please contact us by email or phone to arrange a tour or group visit.

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