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Teaching with Special Collections and Archives

Best practices for requesting materials and planning for instruction sessions in Boone Special Collections and Archives


Thank you for your interest in scheduling an instruction session with Boone Special Collections and Archives! We look forward to supporting your students' research and learning goals.

Instruction in special collections is an opportunity to introduce students to historic primary source research and the intellectual, affective, and communal value of cultural heritage.

Please email with your session time request, initial list of materials, learning outcomes, number of sessions/students, session type, and any questions you have at least three weeks ahead of your requested date(s).



  • In order to prepare the most engaging and effective sessions possible, we request three weeks headway for instruction sessions.
  • Our instructional capacity is limited, so we appreciate early instruction requests and alternate days.
  • We request a short consultation prior to your instruction session(s) in which we will discuss learning objectives, follow-up on preferred session formats, and review suggested and additional materials.
  • Prior to this consultation, we ask that you submit an initial list of materials, your course syllabus, the number of students/sessions requested, and any known learning objectives and format preferences.

Special Collections Class

Small groups of students review bound books on bookrests in connection with a worksheet in the Pepperdine Special Collections Seminar Room.