Our Archives Education Program

Since 2010, the Special Collections staff has committed resources to building and sustaining a robust archives education program on the Colby campus. We desire to connect our collections with the college’s curriculum, to support innovative pedagogies and to align our practices with the “archivists as educators” priority in the professional archival field.

We see Special Collections as a learning lab,  an archival equivalent of a touch tank. Archival labs can range from a single class visit to multiple sessions over an entire semester. We propose that all labs have three essential components: innovation, excitement and a high degree of student self-discovery.