Teaching with Special Collections - Past Recipients


R.C. Miessler (Musselman Library) was awarded a Special Collections Grant to support his integration of assignments incorporating primary sources within Special Collections into this new First Year Seminar course. Specifically, the two assignments are a book-making exercise and Digital stereograph collection. These assignments will introduce students to Special Collections and working with primary sources early on during their time at Gettysburg College.


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.