HIS 395 • Bibliog and Methods in Historical Research
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
This graduate seminar is offered as a program of the Institute for the Study of American News Media History, a joint program of the School of Journalism and the Center for American History. Its purpose is to introduce students to the diverse range of primary sources available for research in U. S. history. Emphasis is on understanding how and why specific sources can be used and where they may be found. Using the resources of the Center for American History, types of sources examined include personal papers, organizational and institutional archives, legal and financial records, maps, photographs and other visual images, oral memoirs, public records, ephemera, newspapers, material culture, and city directories.
The course also introduces the students to different methodological approaches associated with the "new" social history. Several theses and dissertations have had their origins in the course, which is designed especially for any journalism graduate student planning to conduct historical research for whatever purpose.