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Modern Congressional and Political Papers Collection

Instruction Sessions

The Assistant Curator for the Modern Congressional and Political Papers Collection hosts instruction sessions for classes at WVU. These include general sessions about congressional and political archives and tailored sessions for a specific course. Students in any session will receive an introduction to archival research, an orientation to the collections, and an opportunity to view and work with archival materials. Topics taught in the past include:

  • digital preservation;
  • digital history project development and metadata; 
  • introduction to conducting research with congressional papers; 
  • and archival applications to better understanding the policy process, political history, and civic knowledge.

Faculty interested in scheduling a session should contact the Assistant Curator at least two weeks in advance.

In addition to instruction sessions, the Assistant Curator creates digital collections, lesson plans, and exhibitions. Some of these resources are available online. Many of these resources are suitable for students in college or high school.