Archives 101

While the archives staff is available to conduct research for you, we also offer instruction on how to get the most out of your independent research, whether you’re a student, professor, historian or someone researching your family history.

For students and the general public we offer a four-credit Management and Use of Archival Information, and two short workshops: Historical Research and Critical Thinking; and Archives 101: What’s In an Archive and How To Use It.

In addition, the university archivist and NMU History Department collaborate in offering courses for the minor in public history.

For staff and volunteers of small historical societies and museums we offer a one-day workshop on basic archival management.

For school teachers, we have lesson plans on "Using Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in Historical Research," drawing on materials in our political archives of Patrick Gagliardi, Dominic Jacobetti and Charles Varnum.