Archives Laboratory Assignment


This semester-long assignment requires students to work in groups during once-weekly visits to the archive. Students choose 10-12 items that represent its group to create an online exhibition of those materials. Each week, students will create a record for one item they discovered during their archival session, noting the object and identifying information about it.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this assignment, students will be able to

  • conduct advanced independent archival research
  • read library catalogue and finding aid information
  • practice appropriate care and handling of archival materials
  • use sustained critical thinking and reading skills over a long period of time to make connections between what they discover in the archive, what they study in class, and current events
  • analyze primary sources
  • compose and share information on digital platforms

Preparation for Session

In order to make the most of your time during your Rose Library sessions, please be sure to prepare your students in advance.

  • Instructor should provide a clear goal of what students should accomplish during each visit
  • Students should understand what they are looking for while examining the materials
  • Students should have a clear sense of what they need to know about each object to complete the assignment successfully


Here’s what you can expect during your class sessions:

  • Introduction to the Rose Library (on the first class visit)

  • Care and handling instructions (on the first class visit)

  • Students work indpendently during weekly sessions toward group goals

  • Each session includes class discussion of materials at the end of class

Final Products

Students will produce an online exhibition using Omeka, which will inlcude artifacts from the Rose Library.

Recommended Collections

Any collection, or combination of materials from different collections, can be used for this assignment. Relevant collections will vary with course topics. Please consult with Rose Library staff to determine how our materials can best serve your course goals.

Suggested collections:


To cite this page:

Troka, Donna. "Resisting Racism Exhibition Project," Rose Library Teaching with Archives Portal, [date of access],

Please cite this portal and give credit to the creator when using this assignment.