Primary Source Instruction at AU Archives

American University Archives and Special Collections welcomes class visits. We can provide an orientation to our holdings, design individual or group activities using primary sources, or help with research projects. The University Archivist will work with individual faculty members to develop assignments tailored for their classes.

This image is from a recent visit by Professor Dan Whitman’s AU Scholars Research Lab to AU Archives. The students got an introduction to our holdings as well as a peak at a couple of our treasures, including a letter from George Washington dated 16 March 1795 concerning the need for a national University and a book featuring the first printed mathematical multiplication table from 1488.

Students reading George Washington letter

Students reading George Washington letter

If you are new to using primary sources, you should check out our new Primary Source Research Tutorial which walks you through two different approaches to locating primary sources as well as provides links to databases and web sites.

Give us a call at (202) 885-3256 or email us at for more information on instructional sessions.