Transcript of "To boldly go.... into the archive by Adele Martin-Bowell and Rebekah Taylor, University of the Creative Arts"
A collaborative approach to the use
of archives in teaching and learning
at an arts university
Adele Martin-Bowtell & Rebekah Taylor
University for the Creative Arts
To boldly go…into the archive
Archives – a definition
“Materials created or received by a person,
family or organisation, public or private , in the
conduct of their affairs and preserved because
of their enduring value contained in them or as
evidence of the functions and responsibilities of
their creator, especially those materials
maintained in the principles of provenance,
original order and collective control ; permanent
Society of American Archivists: 2014
Role of Librarian and Archivist in
teaching and learning
Why use archive materials with students?
“Students find this immensely exciting . Sifting
through archive documents , struggling to
understand and contextualise them, they gain a
much deeper appreciation of the problems
inherent to interpret them. They enjoy the
detective work of looking for clues and making
connections. They are inspired by finding that
they can make their own discoveries…”
Spraggs : 2013
Practicalities of using archive materials in
• Students will understand the differences
– Primary and secondary resources
– Archival and library resources, formats, access,
• Students will know how to
– handle archive materials
– access our collections (both archive and library)
Animation Archives Day – the legacy
• Understanding of archives
• Understanding of primary/secondary
• Encouraged use of the archives
• Removed perceived barriers to archive use
• Initiated an artistic response to their
The Society of American Archivists, Glossary of Archival Records Terminology,
http://www2.archivists.org/glossary/terms/a/archives (accessed May 7, 2014)
Paul Victor Jr., Justin Otto and Charles Mutschler, ‘Assessment of library instruction on
undergraduate student success in a documents-based research course : the benefits of librarian,
archivist and faculty collaboration’, Collaborative librarianship 5, no.3 (2013):154-176.
Gillian Spraggs, ‘Using Archives in Higher Education History Teaching’. The National Archives.
rchives_in_Higher_Education_History_Teaching.pdf (accessed May 2, 2014)
The National Archives, Archiving the Arts, http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-
sector/archivingthearts .htm (accessed May 2, 2014)
Animation Alliance , Accelerate animation report 2013: animation and craft: responding to the
creative animation sector’s practice and professional development needs.
http://accelerateanimation.com/category/acceleratereport/ (accessed May 2, 2014)
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