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The Johnson Center Teaching with Special Collections Grant is designed for faculty members who wish to enhance a 100- or 200-level course or First-Year Seminar offered during Fall 2018 to include using archival or primary sources for student assignments. Assignments must be based on the resources (primary sources, staff, or physical space) of Special Collections. The grant provides a $1,000 stipend for the recipient to collaborate closely with an archivist or Special Collections librarian.

The grant provides dedicated time with Special Collections staff and collections for faculty to create assignments that enable students to identify and evaluate primary sources, engage in archival research, develop critical and analytical thinking, and integrate primary and secondary sources within a research-based assignment.

This application can be saved as a Word document for editing.  Type your answers under each heading.  Applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Please submit this application to Paula Baer at Deadline for application March 29, 2019.

Recipients of a JCCTL fellowship or grant must submit a written report at the conclusion of their project and be willing to make one or more presentations about their work in appropriate on-campus venues.


Grant Recipients


Kathy Delaney, Lecturer in Psychology
Kathy plans to have her students prepare a historical study of the Department of Psychology at Gettysburg College in order to build research skills for working with primary documents.

Suzanne Flynn, Professor of English
Suzanne plans to have the students in her First-Year seminar, “Shakespeare’s Sisters: Women’s Literature in English,” create a pamphlet detailing the rich holdings in Musselman Library’s Special Collections of first editions of important works by major nineteenth and twentieth-century women writers.

Ian Isherwood, Visiting Assistant Professor in Civil War Era Studies
Ian plans to develop a series of assignments for the students in his First-Year Seminar, “The Soldiers’ Tale.” The research project will be focused on a particular collection related to the experience of war, helping students build important research skills from the start of their college career.

Shirley Anne Warshaw, Professor of Political Science, plans to have the students in her First-Year seminar, “How the White House Works,” explore various sets of papers in the President Eisenhower collection, giving them insight into his character and management style.



Sarah Sillin, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Prof. Sillin will develop assignments for her First-Year Seminar, Graphic Novels: Sex, War, and Literary Revolution. Students will be introduced to the library’s holdings of early graphic novels and collections of cartoons, leading to analytical essays written by the students.