Thematic Approaches to the Collections
These guides provide thematic approaches to teaching with collections. Faculty will find discussion prompts — which guide students in careful analysis — and a curated list of art or archival works under each theme.
Perceiving Light and Color
Symbols of Power
Environment and the Anthropocene
Fear and Violence
Race and identity
Body in Health and illness
Analyzing Types of Objects
These guides outline questions faculty may use to encourage their students in close and careful observation and study.
Example Course Assignments
Models from Other Institutions
Many institutions and organizations provide general pedagogical guidance for teaching with primary sources and art; below please find a curated list of such guidance.
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Teaching at the Allen Memorial Art Museum
Harvard Magazine, Talking about Teaching, Part III: Using the University’s Collections
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Resources for teaching with art
Society of American Archivists, Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy
The Whitney Museum of American Art, Teaching Tips
Brooklyn Historical Society, Teach Archives