Special Collections

Previous Class Experiences

In order to help faculty decide how they might use Special Collections, below is a list of past classes and how they utilized the department.  The collections support research in many diverse fields and have been used in the past by the following departments: American and New England Studies, AnthropologyArt, Art Education, Art HistoryCriminology, Communications and Media Studies, Education, Educational Professional Development Center, English, Entry Year Experience / Freshman Research Seminar, German, GreekHistory, Honors, Humanities (LAC), LatinNursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Race and Ethnic Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Justice, Social Work, and Women and Gender Studies.

For more information about bringing your class in to Special Collections, please contact Julie Cismoski, 207-780-5492, julie.cismoski@maine.edu.


AED321 Rachel Somerville Principles and Procedures in Art Education
  Students worked in small groups to create a lesson plan incorporating images from the Farm Security Administration Photographs.
ANE599 David Carey Hispanic America
  Fall 2009: (Also HTY399) Students were introduced to Special Collections and to our resources including Guatemala documents and Colonial Mexican books from the Albert A. Howard Collection.
ANE610 Ardis Cameron Creating New England II
  Spring 2004: This class offered students an introduction to Special Collections - what is here and how to use it - and the use of primary materials in general, as well as a history of special collections, the collections at USM and beyond. 
ANE630 Ardis Cameron Culture of Consumption
  Fall 2014: Students considered how race is depicted in advertising in products using stereotypes of African Americans in the Lee Forest Figurines and objects from the Gerald E. Talbot Collection. They also looked at trades and cries of street peddlers in books from the Albert A. Howard Collection and material goods and households in books from the Anthoensen Press Collection.
ANE650 Nate Hamilton African American Historical Archeaology
  Spring 2012: Students viewed objects from the Talbot Collection, Lee Forest figurines, and a photograph and Flynn seal presses related to the KKK. Gerald Talbot spoke to the class about collecting in the area of African-American history.
ANE657 Kent Ryden Language and Print Culture in America
  Fall 2012: The class examined chapbooks from the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection to learn about reading habits of early New England.
ANE658 Donna Cassidy Seeing Is Believing: Visual Culture in Twentieth-Century America
  Fall 2004: In support of a lecture on Sexuality and Modernity students viewed works by George Daniell, an artist who documented the gay community in Maine.
ANE670 Donna Cassidy Museums and Public Culture
 

Fall 2015:Students heard a talk about collecting to document the history of a community and donor cultivation and looked at examples of types of materials collected from various individuals and LGBT organizations shedding light on the AIDS crisis, the murder of Charlie Howard and other events.

Fall 2012: A talk was presented on documenting communities.

Spring 2011: Following an introduction to Special Collections, students were provided with twenty topics for exhibitions using materials from the collections. Several virtual exhibitions were later created.

  Ardis Cameron Museums and Public Culture
 

Spring 2006: The class reviewed materials for a project to create a virtual exhibition on Gay Life and Culture in Southern Maine based on the Sturgis Haskins Papers, Eugene Rochow Papers, Michael Rossetti Papers or South Portland Citizens for Justice Archives in the Sampson Center's LGBT Collection. 

ANE675 Kent Ryden Workshop in Research and Writing
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 Fall 2011: Along with a presentation on Special Collections, resources available for the students' research were discussed.
ANT380 Nate Hamilton African American Historical Archaeology
back to top Fall 2018, Fall 2015: Students learned about objects from the Malaga Island Collection and other collections in the African American Collection.
ARH311 Donna Cassidy Gender Identity and Modern Art
 

Fall 2018: Students reflected on depictions of gender in photographs from the LGBTQ+ Collection by George Daniell, Robert Diamante, Tom Antonik and Annette Dragon. 

Fall 2016: Students examined depictions of gender and sexuality in photographs in the LGBTQ+ Collection by George Daniell, Tom Antonik and Annette Dragon.

ARH325 Donna Cassidy Visual Culture of 20th-Century America
  Spring 2016: Students considered images of travel in photographs from the Farm Security Administration, Detroit Publish Photographs and African American Photograph Album of Maine.
ART141 Rebecca Goodale Surface, Space, Time 2D
 

Spring 2019, Fall 2018: Students sketched patterns created by human and found in nature from illustrations from multiple book collections to combine into new hybrid patterns.

Spring 2018: Students worked with editions of children's books illustrated by different artists from the Rice Collection to combine into a new work.

  Susan Motta Surface, Space, Time 2D
  Spring 2019: Students reflect on visual storytelling techniques and accordion book structures to incorporate into their book making projects.
  Damir Porobic Surface, Space, Time 2D 
  Fall 2016: Students viewed examples of color and patterns in books from the Albert A. Howard History of the Book Collection and posters from the African American and LGBT Collections
ART142 Kaitlyn Hunter 3D Design
  Fall 2017: Students considered the three-dimensional forms created by artist's books and moveable books.
  Lin Lisberger Surface, Space and Time 3D
  Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015: Students looked at 3-dimensional books from the Anne D. Williams Family Movable Book Collection and the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Book Arts Collection to get inspiration for their paper project.
  Lin Lisberger 3-D Design
  Fall 2012: The students looked at pop-up books from the Anne D. Williams Family Movable and Children's Book Collection to study 3-D design.
 ART151  Susan Motta  Fundamentals of Perceptual Drawing
  Spring 2019, Spring 2018: Students sketched landscapes from drawings illustrating books from the Anthoensen Press Collection and Howard Collection.
  Damir Porobic Fundamentals of Perceptual Drawing
  Fall 2016, Fall 2015: Students viewed drawings from rare book collections including the Anthoensen Press Collection and Albert A. Howard Book History Collection 
  Spring 2016: Students considered collaboration and methods of printing in materials from the Book Arts Collection and other collections
ART241 Rebecca Goodale  Introduction to the Visual Book
  Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014: Students took inspiration for their own books from the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Book Arts Collection.
  Fall 2017: Students explored artist's books from the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts Collection to critique what makes a successful creation in terms of concept, content and craft and get inspiration for their own work.
  Rebecca Goodale Design
  Fall 2004: Inspired after spending a week examining children's books from the Rice Collection students created seven of their own books combining ideas from two books from the collection with innovative designs. A selection of their works was displayed in the exhibition "Twice Upon a Time" mounted in the Special Collections exhibition area.
ART281 Damir Porobic  Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio & Relief
 

Fall 2016, Fall 2015: Students looked at woodcuts and wood engravings, and copper and steel engravings from the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection.

Fall 2014: The class examined books, primarily from the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection, with examples of intaglio and relief printing used in illustrations and ornaments.

ART282

Damir Porobic

Printmaking: Lithography&Screen Printing
 

Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2016: Students examined examples of lithography and screen printing in the Howard Solomon World War I Posters Collection and other collections. 

ART312

Damir Porobic

 Topics in Studio Art: Multiples - Alternative Delivery Methods
 

Fall 2015: Students looked at examples of printing in book collections as well as in political buttons, posters and clothing from the African American Collection of Maine and the LGBT Collection.

ART341 Rebecca Goodale Visual Book II: Historical Influences on Contemporary Artists’ Books
  Spring 2012: Students studied the construction of pop-up and moveable books. Spring 2014:Students examined movable books from the Anne D. Williams Movable Book Collection for ideas to use on their books.” Returned to examined movable books from the Anthoensen Press Collection and Albert A. Howard Book History Collection to see what appealed to them in the area of typography and layout for ideas to use on their books.
  Rebecca Goodale Visual Book II
 

Spring 2018: Students examined books from the Book Arts Collection and Williams Family Moveable Book Collection to look at book design.

Spring 2019, Spring 2018: Students examined type and layout in books designed by Bruce Rogers and W. A. Dwiggins for inspiration for a chapbook they will later create with a small piece of writing.

Spring 2016: Students studied examples of typography and book design from W. A. Dwiggins, Bruce Rogers and others from the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection and Anthoensen Press Collection.

ART352 Damir Porobic Experimental Drawing
  Spring 2015: Students looked at illustrations in books from the Albert Howard Book History Collection, Book Arts Collection and others.
ART352/385 Damir Porobic Experimental Drawing/Printmaking
  Spring 2016: Students considered collaboration and methods of printing in materials from the Book Arts Collection and other collections.
ART382 Damir Porobic Experimental Printmaking
  Spring 2015: Students looked at illustrations in books from the Albert Howard Book History Collection, Book Arts Collection and others.
ART399 Rebecca Goodale Visual Book: Historic Influences
 

Spring 2017: Students took inspiration from travel writing in preparation for a class trip to France during which they will produce an artist book based on the experience.

Spring 2010: After examining pop-up books from Anne D. Williams Family Collection of Movable Books, students created their own books which were exhibited at Glickman in “Loosely Bound: Works of USM Student Book Artists.”

ART412 Rebecca Goodale Book Art
  Fall 2006: Drawing on ideas from the Anne D. Williams Family Collection of Moveable Books students created and exhibited their own moveable books.
ART441 Rebecca Goodale Advanced Studio in Book Arts
  Spring 2015: Artist's books from the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts served as inspiration for students' own works in progress.
ART471-472 Rose Marasco Advanced Photography
back to top Fall 2005: Students viewed a selection of prints from photography collections of Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration and Leo Brooks.
CMS294 Christian Vukasovich Visual Communications
 

Spring 2019: Students conducted a holistic analysis of artifacts considering historical, technical, ethical, and cultural perspectives.

Spring 2019: Students analyzed images from the Farm Security Administration photographs documenting life in New England during the Great Depression. For their final project they were given a shooting script similar to the ones presented by Roy Stryker to the FSA photographers to go out and capture scenes from modern day Maine. 

COR101 Krista Meinersmann Co-Curricular Learning Lab
  Fall 2017: The class examined memoirs/biographies of pioneers in American nursing, and nurses in wartime, using the Material Analysis Form. The books are from the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection.
  Anna Schwartz Co-Curricular Learning Lab
  Fall 2017: Students visited to learn about the LGBTQ+ Collections and play board games from the collection including Gay Monopoly.
CRM220 Sandra Wachholz Criminological Inquiry
back to top Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2010: Students viewed an exhibition of items from Special Collections to practice content analysis. Spring 2005: Students conducted a content analysis of artifacts in the "Old Wine in New Wine Skins" exhibition. The exhibition showcased materials from the Sampson Center's African American Collection of Maine.
  Sandra Wachholz Research Methods
 

Fall 2018: Students looked at materials from the African American Collection on the KKK individually, discussed in groups to make connections between their items and connections to themes covered in their course and reported to the class.

Fall 2017: Students looked for patterns in materials from the African American Collection on the KKK to complete a content analysis.

EDU200 Julie Canniff Education in the US
  Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Fall 2004: Students examined readers from the Textbook Collection (as well as the Howard Book History and General collections) ranging from The New England Primer (1844 edition) to Dick and Jane allowing them  to follow changes in the history of education.
EDU305 Heather Alden Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  Spring 2019: Students learned about ways to incorporate primary sources into their teaching and work in small groups to create a lesson plan using objects from the collections.
EDU336 Joyce Martin Children's Literature
  Students explored the value of children's literature for research through the Edith C. Rice Collection of Children's Literature.
EDU502 Sara Needleman  Secondary English Methods
  Fall 2015: Students became acquainted with resources in Special Collections and using our web site, including resources available on Digital Commons.
  Susanne Macarthur Secondary English Methods
  Fall 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2011: Students became acquainted with resources in Special Collections and using our web site, including resources available on Explore Our Resources.
EDU504 Michael Carter Secondary Social Studies Methods
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Fall 2018: Educators brainstormed questions they would ask their students to guide them in analyzing a primary source. In groups students discussed how they would use a set of objects in a lesson plan and presented to the class their ideas.

Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015: Students became acquainted with resources in Special Collections and using our web site, including resources available on Digital Commons.

Fall 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2011: Students became acquainted with resources in Special Collections and using our web site, including resources available on Explore Our Resources.

ENG100 Lynn Eckersley-Ray College Writing
  Students examined materials from the collection to consider the book as a physical object and its impact on the experience of reading.
  Suzanne Nadeau College Writing
  Students analyzed documents on the Klu Klux Klan from the African American Collection and LGBTQ+ Collection then worked in groups to bring together what they learned into a narrative and present their findings to the class.
ENG100C Kathleen Ashley College Writing
  Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2006: Students writing on the topic of African American history and culture viewed objects in the Sampson Center as part of their research to discuss racial stereotypes in their essays.  The African American Collection of Maine contains household items such as salt and pepper shakers, a cookie jar, and ashtrays decorated with such images.
ENG140 Lynn Eckersley-Ray Reading Literature
 

Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018: Students selected a chapbook from the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection and wrote a sales pitch as a chapman to sell the sensational tale.

Spring 2017, Fall 2016: Students examined materials from the collection to consider the book as a physical object and its impact on the experience of reading.

ENG145 Lynn Eckersley-Ray Laughtracks
  Spring 2016: Students analyzed an item related to humor from our rare book collections.
ENG150 Erika Waters Reading Other People's Mail
  Spring 2006: Students read letters about the college life of Harriet Sweetser, a student at Gorham Normal School in the 1890s.  Enthusiastic students went on to seek out more information about her life.
ENG201 Michele Cheung Creative Writing
 

Fall 2018, Spring 2018: Students selected an item from the collections to use as inspiration in a creative writing assignment.

Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016. Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014: Students interacted with collection materials and used their impressions as one strand in a braid (form of modular writing in which small free-standing bits of prose, poetry are written, along three threads or themes, rotating the themes).

  Jane Kuenz Creative Writing
  Spring 2015: Students viewed items from a variety of collections for material to use in a non-fiction writing assignment.
ENG301 John Gibson Fay-LeBlanc Poetry Writing
  Fall 2014: Students worked with multiple drafts of Thomas Carper's poems to discuss the process of revision in writing poetry.
ENG303 Annie Finch Poetry Workshop
  Spring 2014: Students looked at multiple drafts of a poem from the Thomas Carper Papers to discussion the process of revision.
ENG348 Eve Raimon Slavery and Public History
  Fall 2014: (Also WGS348) Students examined materials from the Kazon Americana Collection and African American Collection of Maine related to slavery to select objects as a source for their research paper and to be included in an exhibition which they wrote the labels for.
  Fall 2017: Students selected an artifact from slave narratives, documents related to slavery, early African American writing, and sheet music from the late 19th century depicting negative stereotypes of African Americans to research for a class presentation.
ENG367 Lorrayne Carroll Literature and Culture of the Early Republic
  Spring 2006: Using the Material Analysis Form (bibliographic, physical and intellectual description) students examined books, pamphlets and other items including a letter, newspaper and broadside from the Shirley S. and Bernard Kazon Americana Collection which documents American political history from the 18th-20th centuries. Students later wrote an essay using primary source materials from the Kazon Collection.
  Lorayne Carroll Early Women Writers
  Spring 2013, Fall 2009, Fall 2006: Using the Material Analysis Form, students looked at books by early women writers, including textbooks, books written to do charitable deeds, fiction, travel, biography and history.
ENG 379 Lorayne Carroll Earlier Women Writers
  Spring 2019, Spring 2017, Spring 2016: Students selected a book by a woman author to read,  research and examine as a physical object.
ENG383 Eve Raimon Studies in African-American Literature and Culture
  Spring 2013: Discussed The Memoirs of Elleanor Eldrige; used Material Analysis form for books related to early African American Literature and Culture; looked at materials from the Gerald E. Talbot Collection.
ENG385 Rebecca Nisetich Race and Gender at Century's End
back to top Fall 2015: R. J. Ellis, University of Birmingham, spoke to students about the racial stereotypes found in illustrations in Uncle Tom's Cabin in conjunction with the travelling exhibition Visualizing Uncle Tom.
  Eve Raimon Popular Women's Writers
  Fall 2018, Fall 2017: Students examined abolitionist and pro-slavery materials, primarily written by women, to research further and incorporate into a class project.   
EPC586 Alice Barr Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
 back to top Discussed digital resources available to incorporate into K-12 curricula.
EYE106 Adam-Max Tuchinsky Race Matters
  Fall 2007: Students viewed a display of Jim Crow-era objects from the African American Collection of Maine and chose an image or article from a magazine in Special Collections and one from another source to compare how race was depicted.  This allowed students to come to their own conclusions in "problem-based" learning.
EYE114 David Carey Globalization, Sustainability and Society
  Fall 2008: In order to see how Americans' views of the world changed before and during World War II, students compared books about foreign nations in the Edith C. Rice Collection of Children’s Literature. Titles from the Anne D. Williams Collection of Moveable Books were used to explore issues of sustainability.
EYE115 Eve Raimon What is Sex?
  Fall 2012: Students examined items from the LGBT Collection which touch on the issue of what is gender / sex, as well as having an introduction to Special Collections and bibliographic instruction.
EYE119 Jeannine Diddle Uzzi Metamorphoses
  Fall 2011, Fall 2009: Students used fairytales and folk tales from the Edith C. Rice Collection of Children’s Literature to reflect on the theme of metamorphoses in different cultures. Students also used the Material Analysis Form to study Ovid's texts in the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection.
EYE126 Eve Raimon What is Race?
  Fall 2011: Students considered objects documenting slavery, segregation and prejudice from the from the Kazon Americana Collection and materials from the African American Collection of Maine related to racial stereotypes, the KKK, and the Civil Rights Movement.  Students selected an item to use as a source for a paper.
EYE199 Carolyn Eyler Art Inside the Museum & Out
  Fall 2018: Students received an introduction to Special Collections and how collections are cared for.
  Lance Gibbs Introduction to Race
  Fall 2018: Students analyzed a document related to slavery from the Kazon Americana Collection
  Sandy Gilbreath Introduction to Food Systems
  Spring 2019: Students worked with documents from the Lois Reckitt Papers related to activism for agricultural workers' rights and considered images from the Farm Security Administration in terms of food production during the Great Depression.
  Sarah Holmes History of Sexuality
  Fall 2016: Students learned about the LGBTQ+ Collection and played board games from the collection.
  Krista Meinersmann Topics: Introduction to Professional Nursing
  Fall 2016, Fall 2015: The class examined memoirs/biographies of pioneers in American nursing, and nurses in wartime, using the Material Analysis Form. The books are from the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection.
  Susan Motta Poems & Pictures
  Fall 2017:The class examined artist's books from the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts Collection to consider how the work reflects the author's/artist's relationship to nature/the environment and how the experience of interacting with an artist book differs from a codex.
  Kelly Spring Introduction to Food Systems
  Fall 2018: Students learned how to search our collections and how to analyze a primary source using copies of documents from the Lois Reckitt Papers on agricultural workers' rights.
  Ashley Towle Topics: History of Sexuality
 

Fall 2015: Students examined an item from the LGBT Collection and completed an analysis form. The information they drew from the object will be incorporated into their final papers.

Fall 2017: Students worked with items from the LGBTQ+ Collection related to the murder of Charlie Howard. They shared what they learned with the class to create a larger understanding of the event and the impact it had in Maine.

Fall 2017: Students completed an exercise in which they chose an item from the LGBTQ+ Collection to add to a hypothetical LGBT History Museum.

  Anastasia Weigle The Art of the Book
  Fall 2016: Students examined the construction and content of artist's books and moveable books through completing a scavenger hunt and analysis form.
FRS197 Tim Lynch Information Power Unleashed
back to top Spring 2012, Fall 2011: Students received an overview by viewing items in the collections.
GER101 Leonore Bronson Beginning German I
 

 Spring 2019: Students practiced reading Fraktur and completed a scavenger hunt for grammatical structures in German texts from the collections.

Fall 2017: Students wrote questions for items in the collection and then answered questions written by other students.

Fall 2015: Students completed a document analysis form using materials in German from the Early 20th-Century German Print Collection and from several Rare Book Collections.

GER102 Leonore Bronson Beginning German II 
 

Spring 2018: Students examined items from the collection to use for a source for a research project/class presentation.

Fall 2017: Students wrote questions for items in the collection and then answered questions written by other students.

Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015: Students analyzed documents from the Early Twentieth-Century German Print Collection.

GER201 Leonore Bronson Intermediate German I
  Fall 2016, Fall 2015: Students completed a document analysis form using materials in German from the Early 20th-Century German Print Collection and from several Rare Book Collections.
GER202 Leonore Bronson Intermediate German II 
 

Spring 2019: Students practiced reading Fraktur and completed a scavenger hunt for grammatical structures in German texts from the collections.

Spring 2018: Students examined items from the collection to use for a source for a research project/class presentation.

Spring 2015: Students analyzed documents from the Early Twentieth-Century German Print Collection.

GER322 Leonore Bronson Composition and Conversation in German II
  Spring 2013: Students received a general introduction to Special Collections and completed a Material Analysis form working with the Early Twentieth-Century German Print Collection.
 GER470  Leonore Bronson Independent Study
back to top  Fall 2015: Students completed a document analysis form using materials in German from the Early 20th-Century German Print Collection and from several Rare Book Collections.
GRE102 Peter Aicher Beginning Ancient Greek II   
back to top Spring 2012: Students looked at Greek and Latin texts from the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection.
HON101 Rebecca Nisetich Race: Reflection & Reality
 

Fall 2018: Students looked at materials from the African American Collection on the KKK individually, discussed in groups to make connections between their items and connections to themes covered in their course and reported to the class.

Fall 2017: Students examined an artifact from the African American Collection to research and write a description to be posted to Digital Commons.

Fall 2016, Spring 2015: Students examined primary sources related to race from the Gerald E. Talbot Collection and other collections from the African American Collection of Maine.

  William Harrison Myth, Monsters and Metamorphoses
  Fall 2012: The class examined children's books with stories of monsters looking for themes of transformations and heroes.
  Jeannine Diddle Uzzi Myth, Monsters and Metamorphoses
 back to top Fall 2011: Students used fairytales and folk tales from the Edith C. Rice Collection of Children’s Literature to reflect on the theme of metamorphoses in different cultures. Students also used the Material Analysis Form to study Ovid's texts in the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection.
  Ashley Towle Sexuality in US History
 

Fall 2016: Students selected a button from the LGBTQ+ Collection to reflect on and write a Facebook post.

Fall 2018, Fall 2017: Students worked with items from the LGBTQ+ Collection related to the murder of Charlie Howard. They shared what they learned with the class to create a larger understanding of the event and the impact it had in Maine.

Fall 2018, Fall 2017: Students completed an exercise in which they chose an item from the LGBTQ+ Collection to add to a hypothetical LGBT History Museum.

HON200 Carl Blue Color Science
  Spring 2018, Spring 2017: Issues of preservation were discussed and students examined books on the history of color printing.  
HON207 Lisa Hibl Illuminated Autobiography
  Spring 2018: Students explored artist's books from the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts Collection and pop-up books from the Williams Collection that convey a personal narrative through image and text.
HTY102 Chris Beam Western Civilization II
  Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014: Students gained experience with primary sources by reading correspondence from The Sumner T. Bernstein Papers  exchanged during World War II between Sumner and his family.
  Lacy Sparks Western Civilization II
 

Spring 2019: Students worked in small groups to create a mock exhibition around a theme from posters from the Howard Solomon World War I Posters Collection.

Spring 2018: Students read letters written by Sumner Bernstein to his family while he was stationed in the South Pacific during WWII, which provided insight into this time period. 

HTY122 Libby Bischof United States History 1800 to 1900
 

Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015: Students worked with books and pamphlets and other primary sources from the Kazon Americana Collection in three sessions: the age of Andrew Jackson, slavery, and election of 1860 and the Kansas Nebraska Act.

Fall 2017: Students analyzed slave deeds and other related documents from the Kazon Americana Collection then worked in groups to bring together what they learned into a narrative.

Fall 2017: Students examined books and pamphlets from the Kazon Americana Collection related to the election of 1860.

Fall 2012, Spring 2012: Students analyzed items in the Shirley S. and Bernard Kazon Americana Collection and filled out a primary source evaluation sheet.

  Adam Schmitt U.S. History 1800 to 1900
  Spring 2019: Students analyzed books and pamphlets from the Kazon Americana Collections to explore the election of 1860.
  Ashley Towle U.S. History 1800 to 1900
 

 

Spring 2018: Students analyzed books and pamphlets from the Kazon American Collection. They later included their reflections about the texts' arguments about abolition in a paper.

Spring 2017, Spring 2016: Students selected a 19th-century book or pamphlet from the Kazon Americana Collection and completed a Material Analysis Form. In a follow-up class assignment, their thoughts from the documents were incorporated into a Reflection Paper.

HTY123 Chris Beam United States History since 1900
  Fall 2011: The class read correspondence from the Judaica Collection's Sumner T. Bernstein Papers and discussed how the letters reflected World War II and U.S. domestic life.
  Amy Smith United States History Since 1900
  Spring 2019, Fall 2018: Students learned about the African American Collection and analyzed an item related to the Civil Rights Movement.
  Ashley Towle United States History Since 1900
 

Fall 2017: Students considered their own impressions of images of New England during the Great Depression from the Farm Security Administration Photographs against a shooting script provided to a photographer by Roy Stryker and the aims of the project. 

Spring 208, Fall 2017: Students examined items from the African American Collection related to the Civil Rights Movement.

HTY141 Leroy Rowe  African American History to 1865
 

Fall 2017: Students looked at materials related to slavery and early African American history from the Kazon Americana Collection and Talbot Collection.

Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012: Students looked at materials related to slavery and early African American history from the Kazon Americana Collection and Talbot Collection and looked for inspiration for papers.

HTY142 Leroy Rowe African American History from 1865
  Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013: Students learned about how to use Special Collections and about its resources, and looked at items of African American history from the post-civil war period. Students selected one item from the African American Collection of Maine to complete a Primary Source Analysis Sheet and use the source in their research papers.
  Ashley Towle African American History from 1865
  Spring 2018: Students selected one item from the collection to analyze and consider how it relates to the Civil Rights Era for a short paper.
HTY181 David Carey Latin America I
  Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2007: Working in small groups, students examined books published in Colonial Mexico and South America from the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection, and then discussed who the intended audience was and why.
HTY200 Libby Bischof Reference, Research, and Report Writing
  Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2009, Fall 2008: The presentation on the resources in Special Collections focused on the variety of items that can be used to learn about a society's past, including political buttons, photographs, posters and t-shirts.
  Candace Canes Reference, Research, and Report Writing
  Spring 2016:Students received an introduction to primary sources available in Special Collections.
  Christine Holden Reference, Research, and Report Writing
 

Fall 2011: The class was presented with an overview of Special Collections, its webpages, and resources as well as other collections with possible resources for their research.

Fall 2000: Students learned about the resources in Special Collections and how to access and use the collections.

  David Kuchta Reference, Research, and Report Writing
  Spring 2011: The presentation on the resources in Special Collections focused on the variety of items that can be used to learn about a society's past, including political buttons, photographs, posters and t-shirts.
  Katharine Lualdi Reference, Research, and Report Writing
  Spring 2008, Fall 2007: After a presentation on our resources and how to use Special Collections, students analyzed the corrspondence in the Sumner T. Bernstein Papers.
  Diana Long Reference, Research, and Report Writing
  Spring 2005, Spring 2002; Students learned about the resources in Special Collections and how to access and use the collections.
  Lacey Sparks Reference, Research, and Report Writing
  Spring 2019, Spring 2018: Students were informed on how to search for materials in our book and manuscript collections and worked on a scavenger hunt to practice locating information on our web pages, in Digital Commons and in URSUS.
HTY200 Jie Zhao Reference, Research, and Report Writing
 

Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017: Students analyzed letters written by Harriet Sweetser, a Gorham Normal School student, to learn about education and life in Maine at the turn of the last century and gain practice deciphering handwriting.

Spring 2017: Students received an introduction to Special Collections and working with primary sources.

HTY324 Lacey Sparks World Wars I and II: European War and Diplomacy
  Fall 2018: Students read letters written by Sumner Bernstein to his family while he was stationed in the South Pacific during WWII, which provided insight into this time period. 
HTY346 Leroy Rowe The Civil Rights Movement
 

Spring 2018: Students selected one item from the collection to analyze and consider how it relates to the Civil Rights Era for a short paper.

Spring 2016: Students analyzed materials from the African American Collection of Maine related to the Civil Rights Movement.

HTY347 Leroy Rowe Race and the Politics of Mass Incarceration
 

 

Fall 2017, Spring 2017 Students read letters from prisoners from the Gerald E. Talbot Collection and NAACP Maine Archives writing a response to the letter as a follow-up activity.

HTY360 Libby Bischof History of Maine
  Fall 2018: Students analyzed photographs of Maine from different time periods and considered their purpose and what they reveal about Maine's history.
HTY364 Ashley Towle History of Women in the United States
  Fall 2018: Students analyzed book and pamphlets, including works by women abolitionists, from the Kazon Americana Collection to examine anti-slavery arguments in terms of gender.
HTY373 Allan Whitmore American Social and Intellectual History
  Fall 2014: Students received a brief introduction to Special Collections and were encouraged to consider our resources for their term papers. Students viewed items related to the Civil Rights Movement, primarily from the African American Collection of Maine.
HTY374 Libby Bischof Photographing American History
  Fall 2010: Students looked at photographs from the Farm Security Administration taken by photographers Walker Evans and Ben Shahn and discussed what they tell us about the Great Depression.
HTY394 Nate Hamilton African American Historical Archaeology
  Fall 2015: (Also see ANT380) Students examined objects from the African American Collection of Maine as artifacts and discussed the importance of preserving material culture.
  Leroy Rowe History of the Civil Rights Movement
  Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013: Students learned about how to use Special Collections and about its resources, and looked at items relating to the Civil Rights Movement. Students selected one item from the African American Collection of Maine to complete a Primary Source Analysis Sheet and use the source in their research papers.
  Leroy Rowe Childhood, Welfare & Black Family
  Fall 2014: Students considered depictions of the African American family and childhood in materials from the African American Collection of Maine and the Edith C. Rice Children's Collection. In a second visit students listened to and read transcripts of in oral histories from the Home Is Where I Make It collection.
 

Leroy Rowe

African Americans and American Justice
 

Fall 2012: Using documents from the Kazon Collection, students examined slavery and looked for inspiration for papers.

 

Libby Bischof

History of the Civil Rights Movement
 

Spring 2017: Students chose a poster from the Howard Solomon World War I Posters Collection to research and write an  label for an upcoming exhibtion of the Collection.

Spring 2012: Students searched through items from the LGBT Collection and African American Collection of Maine documenting civil rights movements. Students chose an item to be included in an exhibition, "Reflecting on Civil Rights in Maine and Beyond", and wrote their thoughts on their selection to be included in a Reflection Book accompanying the display.

 

David Carey

The Maya: The Challenges of Forging Community and Identity
  Fall 2011: Students examined documents from the Guatemala Collection and discussed their creation.
  Polly Kaufman Maine Women's Lives
  Fall 2007: After a presentation on resources for women's history in Special Collections, students reviewed and discussed the exhibition on Jean Byers Sampson.
HTY399 David Carey Hispanic America
  Fall 2009: (Also ANE599) Students were introduced to Special Collections and to our resources including Guatemala documents and Colonial Mexican books from the Albert A. Howard Collection
HTY400 David Carey Environmentalism in the Americas
 
Fall 2012: The class looked at documents from the Guatemala Collection to piece together the effects of the draining of a lake to control malaria..
  Libby Bischof Visualizing History
  Spring 2016: In preparation for a student curated exhibition, students received an overview of Special Collections and how to search our collections. The class also viewed the travelling exhibition Visualizing Uncle Tom. 
  David Carey Oral History
back to top Spring 2014: Students listened to a recording of an interview and read transcripts from the Home Is Where I Make It - Oral History Collection.
  Leroy Rowe Race, Gender and Justice in America
  Fall 2016: Students examined materials from the African American Colrelated to civil rights and incarceration.
HTY534 Libby Bischof Teaching Maine History
 

Summer 2018: Students examined two sources (one pre and one post 1970) to compare how teaching the history of Maine has changed.

Summer 2016: Students selected two books on Maine history to compare how history was taught or approached during different time periods and considered how such an exercise could be adapting in their future teaching.

HUM328  Eve Raimon Early African American Literature
  Fall 2010: Students discussed a book in Special Collections, The Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge.
LAT251 
Peter Aicher Introduction to Latin Literature
  Fall 2014: Students examined Latin and Greek books from the  Albert A. Howard Book History Collection and completed a Material Analysis Form.
LAT310 Peter Aicher Seminar in Latin Literature
back to top Fall 2014: Students examined Latin and Greek books from the  Albert A. Howard Book History Collection and completed a Material Analysis Form.
LSH240 Yishai Cohen God, Meaning, and Morality
  Spring 2018: Students considered documents reflecting religious, metaphysical, evaluative or epistemological beliefs.
NUR100 Carla Randall Introduction to Professional Nursing
  Spring 2016, Fall 2015: The class examined memoirs/biographies of pioneers in American nursing, and nurses in wartime, using the Material Analysis Form. The books are from the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection.
  Judy Spross Introduction to Professional Nursing
  Spring 2017,  Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012: The class examined memoirs/biographies of pioneers in American nursing, using the Material Analysis Form. The books are the first installment of the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection.
  Krista Meinersman Co-curriculular Learning Lab
  Fall 2018: Students analyzed a book from the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection in terms of issues related to ethics. 
  Peter O'Donnell Introduction to Professional Nursing
  Fall 2014: The class examined memoirs/biographies of pioneers in American nursing, using the Material Analysis Form. The books are the first installment of the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection.
  Helen Peake-Godin Introduction to Professional Nursing
  Spring 2014, Fall 2012: The class examined memoirs/biographies of pioneers in American nursing, using the Material Analysis Form. The books are the first installment of the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection.
  Marcia Goldenberg Introduction to Professional Nursing
back to top Spring 2013: The class examined memoirs/biographies of pioneers in American nursing, using the Material Analysis Form. The books are the first installment of the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection.
  Karen Zuckerman Introduction to Professional Nursing
  Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016: The class examined memoirs/biographies of pioneers in American nursing, and nurses in wartime, using the Material Analysis Form. The books are from the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection.
NUR308 Carol Fackler Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice
  Fall 2018: Students analyzed a book from the John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection in terms of nurses in the role of societal guardians, thinking globally and acting locally, changes in technology and professional autonomy. 
OLLI Janet Gunn Now Let Us Praise Famous Men
  Spring 2018: Students examined photographs by Walker Evans used in the book Now Let Us Praise Famous Men as well as other photos taken by Evans in Alabama during the Depression.
PHI291 Yishai Cohen Death and Dying
back to top Fall 2017: Students selected a book from the Fossett History of Nursing Collection to reflect on the attitudes expressed toward death and dying.
POS101 Leroy Rowe Introduction to American Government
back to top Spring 2015: Documents related to legislation and other objects related to civil liberties and discrimination were examined.
POS256 Robert Klotz Media and Politics
  fall 2016: Students considered 19th-century campaign literature from the Kazon Americana Collection.
POS399 Ron Schmidt 1919: A Year in the Life
 

Fall 2017: Students worked in groups to put together a mock exhibition based on a theme found in materials created circa 1919.

Fall 2016, Spring 2016: Students received an introduction to Special Collections, examined primary sources from the time period they are studying and potential sources for their research papers. 

RCE199 Lance Gibbs Intro to Race & Ethnic Studies
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Spring 2018: Students worked together in groups to examine documents related to slavery.

Spring 2018: Students worked in groups to analyze photographs from the Annette Dragon Papers showing LGBT activism in Maine in the 1980s-90s in terms of identities (gender, race, class) and for examples of intersectionality and white privilege.

SBS345 Michelle Jacobus Diversity: Many Voices
 back to top Fall 2017: Students considered examples of community and diversity from collections in the African American, Judaica and LGBTQ+ Collections.
SOC301 Wendy Chapkis Qualitative Research Methods
 

Fall 2018: Students conducted individual research related to the oral history interview they were preparing for to include in the Querying the Past collection.

Fall 2016: Students listened to segments of oral history interviews from the Sisters Bar Research Project and Home Is Where I Make It Oral History in preparation for their involvement in an oral history project in the local LGBT community.

  Wendy Chapkis Applied LGBTQ History
 

Fall 2018: Students became familiar with resources in the LGBTQ+ Collection and how to search our collections.Fall 2017: Students analyzed documents related to the murder of Charlie Howard to create a narrative of the event and its impact on the community. Students learned how to search materials in our collections in the computer lab.

Fall 2017: Students conducted individual research related to the oral history interview they were preparing for to include in the Querying the Past collection.

SOC315 Michelle Vazquez Jacobus Self and Society
  Spring 2019: Students read interview transcripts of African Americans living in Portland and Lewiston/Auburn from the Home Is Where I Make It Oral History Collection and considered how views of self have been influenced by social institutions such as family, school, community or constructed by race and gender.
SOC327 David Everson Social Movements
  Fall 2017: Students considered how materials related to a campaign launched by the South Portland Citizens for Justice to pass a referendum to protect the LGBTQ+ community in their town against discrimination. Students analyzed materials reflected the social movement organization, media, political opportunity and framing of an argument in terms of what they had learned in class about social movements.
SOC358 Cheryl Laz Sociology of Women's Work
  Spring 2018: Students analyzed documents from the Lois Reckitt Papers related to gender inequality in the workplace, related to the Sears suit, J.P. Stevens boycott and issues faced by clerical and bank workers.
SOJ130  Nate Hamilton/Eve Raimon Uncovering Black History in Maine
 back to top Fall 2018: Students in this pop-up course heard a lecture on Malaga Island and examined artifacts from the Malaga Island Collection.
SWO350 Sandra K Wachholz Social Welfare Policy
 

Spring 2018: Students looked at materials from the African American Collection on the KKK individually, discussed in groups to make connections between their items and connections to themes covered in their course and reported to the class.

Fall 2017, Fall 2016: Students looked at material culture from the 1930s illustrating discrimination and economic hardship during the Depression.

SWO604 Sandra K Wachholz Social Policy II
  Spring 2017: Students used a Material Culture Analysis Form to examine materials from the African American Collection,  Farm Security Administration Photographs and others to look at how social welfare policy is reflected. 
WGS101   Julianne Siegfriedt Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  Fall 2018: Students analyzed materials from multiple collections in terms of how it reflects gender roles and patriarchy.
WGS201   Julianne Siegfriedt Rethinking Gender and Culture 
  Fall 2018: Students analyzed materials from multiple collections in terms of how it reflects gender roles and patriarchy.
WGS335 Julianne Siegfriedt Gender and Health
  Fall 2018: Students analyzed books from the Fossett History of Nursing Collection and considered how gender is constructed in the medical field
WST101 Eve Raimon Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  Spring 2014: Students examined materials from the University Archives, Albert Howard Book Collection, and Sampson Center collections looking at depictions of gender for a group class project.
WST 348 Eve Raimon Slavery and Public History
  Fall 2014: (Also ENG348) Students examined materials from the Kazon Americana Collection and African American Collection of Maine related to slavery to select objects as a source for their research paper and to be included in an exhibition which they wrote the labels for.
WST380 Wendy Chapkis Politics of Difference
  Fall 2011, Fall 2010: After an introduction to Special Collections, students worked in small groups comparing the community and culture represented in periodicals and newspapers in the LGBT Collection with a class reading, Stone Butch Blues. After their discussion they wrote their findings to submit as a class assignment.
WST490 Lucinda Cole Capstone Experience in Women and Gender Studies
back to top Spring 2015, Spring 2014: Students had introduction to resources in Special Collections and discussed other resources available for their theses and internship papers.