New Fall 2017 Course Encourages Thinking About Archives
The Library is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Adam Rothman, Professor & Director of Doctoral Studies in the History Department. Professor Rothman will be leading a new course titled Thinking About Archives in the Barbara Ellis Jones Inquiry Classroom in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. The Library has worked closely with Professor Rothman, a member of the Faculty Library Advisory Committee, to create the Georgetown Slavery Archive as part of the University's Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation initiative, and we are delighted to deepen our partnership through this new course.
The course will explore how archives gather, house, and organize the artifacts that make up the historical record and how historians wrestle with archival material in their research and writing. The class will also journey through time, examining the theory, history, and practice of archives from the ancient to the digital. Throughout the semester, students will work closely with staff in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections and visit other archives in the DC area. "This course will provide a unique opportunity for graduate students in the Humanities to consider the source of our sources," says Professor Rothman.