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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Center for Judaic Studies, University Libraries


Primary sources, Teaching teams, Undergraduate curricula


The University of Denver’s Libraries’ Special Collections, which include the Beck Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History, have made a concerted effort to encourage faculty to incorporate the use of primary sources into their undergraduate curricula. Teaching teams, consisting of special collections curators, reference and instruction librarians, and faculty members, used both digital and physical primary resources to engage students. These efforts led to the DU project’s being named the recipient of the 2018 Primary Source Award for Teaching from the Center of Research Libraries. This article details the project and highlights the Beck Archives items, which were especially effective as teaching materials.

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This article was originally published as:

Abrams, J. (2020). Primary sources in the college classroom: The Beck Archives at the University of Denver Libraries. Judaica Librarianship, 21, 49–57.

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