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Instruction & Outreach Services

Due to the current public health crisis the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is closed and staff are working remotely without access to the physical collections. We remain committed to assisting instructors with incorporating digitized RMC material for online course instruction and to helping students locate digitized primary sources. Please contact Lance Heidig, Outreach and Learning Services Librarian regarding your RMC  virtual instruction needs.

Alpha Phi Alpha Students
Members of the Virginia Association of Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha looking over materials from their fraternity’s archives.

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) offers a variety of teaching programs for students, faculty, alumni, and community groups interested in learning about the study of unique and rare historical documents. We offer exhibition tours, lectures, seminar presentations, and hands-on workshops that introduce visitors to Cornell University’s rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and other original artifacts.

Working in collaboration with faculty and instructors, we offer course-related instruction for students at all levels, from First-Year Writing seminars to upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses, with presentations based on original materials covering a wide range of topics. We encourage instructors to contact us so that we can help integrate the teaching of library research strategies into learning outcomes and course syllabi. We also assist with the design of classroom visits and research assignments. Sessions are tailored to the subject matter of each course and to the specific needs of each group. We also offer presentations for local community groups and schools.

Two classrooms devoted to teaching with rare materials are located on the 2B level of the Carl A. Kroch Library on the central Cornell campus (accessible via Olin Library). Classrooms can accommodate presentations for groups of 10 to 60 people.

If you would like to schedule an Instruction tour, presentation, or class session in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, please fill out our instruction request form.

For more information about instruction and outreach programs in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, please contact:

Lance Heidig
Outreach and Learning Services Librarian

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853