Archival Research and Primary Sources 
THNOC Intensive Workshop
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Workshop Description

This workshop is intended for current educators at the secondary and post-secondary level. During this daylong program, participants will work one-on-one with THNOC staff to learn the basics of archival research methods and strategies for using primary sources in their classrooms. This workshop will be limited to four attendees.

After participating in this workshop, participants will be familiar with:

  • how to conduct archival research
  • how to conduct research at THNOC online and in person
  • how to access primary sources and primary source teaching tools from THNOC’s online catalog and website
  • creating primary source–based activities that help students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge


To successfully complete this program, the participant must:

  • be an active educator at the secondary or post-secondary level
  • be able to integrate the material and skills learned in this workshop into the classroom
  • demonstrate interest in learning strategies for incorporating primary sources into instruction
  • provide own wireless-enabled laptop or tablet for the workshop
  • commit to attend the full duration of the workshop (9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)
  • create and submit a primary source activity based on source(s) found at THNOC after the conclusion of the workshop


The application process for this workshop will open on April 1, 2017, and close on May 28, 2017. Please submit a completed application and resume through mail or email.

Mailing Address: Jenny Schwartzberg, Education Department, The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130


There is no charge to attend this workshop. The Historic New Orleans Collection will provide breakfast, lunch, and all workshop materials. Parking will not be provided, but participants will be given a small stipend at the end of the workshop to cover local transportation costs. Participants will be given a certificate at the end of the day that confirms their completion of 7.5 hours of professional development.


9 a.m.

Participants arrive at the Williams Research Center (410 Chartres Street)

9 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

Coffee and introductions

9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.


9:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Discussion about creating curriculum/primary sources

10:15 a.m.–11 a.m. 

Introduction to THNOC’s online catalog and the Reading Room

11 a.m.–noon

Browsing of online catalog and selection of archival items

noon–1 p.m. 


1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Research and work in the Reading Room

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. 

Reconvene for discussion of research and proposed primary source activities


After the conclusion of the workshop, participants will complete and submit a primary source activity based on one or more primary sources from THNOC’s holdings.