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Instruction & Class Visits

A primary mission of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is to provide support and instruction for students at Temple University and other area institutions. We are delighted to introduce students to rare books, archives, manuscripts, and other media—such as photographs, film and digital media—that include content related to their coursework and research projects.

We’ve hosted classes in a range of disciplines including History, English, Geography and Urban Studies, Art, Architecture, Intellectual Heritage, Social Work, Education, Film and Media Arts, Journalism, and Criminal Justice. Information about our collections, and possibilities for session or assignment topics, can be found by reading more about our collecting areas

SCRC staff offer a variety of instruction formats, basic research orientations, and specialized sessions that incorporate course- or assignment-based resources and activities. These sessions are geared toward teaching students how to conduct research using primary sources (primary source literacy), and enhancing their research, critical thinking, and writing skills.  

If you're interested in having your class visit the SCRC, fill out the Instruction Session/Visit Request Form, ideally at least two weeks in advance of your planned visit. We’ll work with you to tailor the instruction session to your course's subject matter and learning objectives.

In addition to working with students in class sessions, we can place materials on hold in our reading room for student use in course assignments.

Research Guides

Guides to selected topics and subjects available for research include military history and LGBTQ resources. More will be added soon.

Get Help

Please direct any questions regarding class visits to Josué Hurtado, Coordinator of Public Services & Outreach, or to scrc@temple.edu.