University of Arizona

Special Collections is closed due to COVID-19, public safety, and social distancing. Read our update.

Class Instruction

While in-person Special Collections instruction is suspended, if you are teaching a course this semester that involves primary sources and historical research, we would still love to work with you. Under the circumstances, we will prioritize capstone courses, gateway courses in the major, and graduate courses with primary source literacy learning objectives for the major.

We can work with you and your students in studying themes such as University of Arizona history, history of the book, literature, borderlands, book arts, the colonial period, and pulp fiction.

We can help your students:

  • become familiar with Special Collections
  • view and use primary source materials
  • reduce their anxiety about incorporating original primary sources in their research

We will do our best to meet your needs through a virtual instruction session using Zoom or other tools and the use of digital collections or limited digitization of class materials. We will digitize 50 pages from archival collections, or 20-40 photographs for use in class instruction with 4 weeks advance notice to date of instruction. No monographs will be duplicated for instructional sessions. Any request of digital version may be denied based on condition and fragility of item.

Please contact us as soon as possible to talk about how Special Collections might assist with assignments utilizing Special Collections materials or to schedule a virtual instruction session. You can fill out our class instruction form with your needs below.

You may use the class instruction form or contact us at to discuss your class during the development of your syllabus.

Contacting us early in your planning gives us enough time to prepare and ensures a more engaging experience for your students.