Incorporating unique digital and physical collections into your course gives your students firsthand experience using rare books and manuscripts for research.

Take, for instance, the undergraduate English course “Digital Archives Production,” taught by Dr. Jesse Erickson, postdoctoral researcher in Special Collections and Digital Humanities for the UD Library, Museums & Press. During this course, students digitized the Gregory C. Wilson collection of African American postcards from Special Collections & Museums and provided culturally appropriate descriptions.

These types of digital projects are on the cutting-edge of teaching and research. In fact, Erickson was awarded a development grant for 2017-2018 from the University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center (IHRC), which offers funding for the creation of collections-based courses.

Are you interested in offering collections-based courses? The IHRC is currently accepting grant proposals from faculty members.

The deadline for proposal submission is Jan. 15, 2018.

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