Teaching through Primary Sources & Archival Materials: Six Workshops

The Roots of Knowledge 2021 Series


4 to 5:15 p.m., March 18, 2021
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Curated by Matthew Mugmon, CUES Distinguished Fellow, this multi-panel workshop series will address a significant pedagogical challenge in higher education: the lack of undergraduate opportunities to engage with primary sources. Each of the six workshops will feature a different aspect of using primary sources and archival materials in undergraduate teaching and research, and introduce some of the many archives available at the University. Faculty, researchers and students of all disciplines are encouraged to attend and explore strategies for using physical and digital archives in their work.


Thursdays | 4:00PM - 5:15PM (AZ Time)

MAR 18 | Introduction to Teaching with Primary Sources

Speakers: Matthew Mugmon, Lisa Duncan, Mary Feeney, Jennifer Jenkins, Niamh Wallace


MAR 25 | Introduction to the UArizona's Archives

Speakers: Panel Discussion


APR 1 | Working with Physical Archives

Speakers: Rachel Castro, Lisa Duncan


APR 8 | Newspapers and Digital Collections

Speakers: Mary Feeney


APR 15 | Primary Sources in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Design 

Speakers: Panel Discussion


APR 22 | Interdisciplinary Engagement with Photographic Collections

Speakers: Dr. Meg Jackson Fox, Emily Una Weirich


Speaker Bios

Peter Brewer  has been Curator of Collections in the University of Arizona's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR) since 2018. The LTRR collection is the world's largest and most diverse collection dedicated to tree-ring research. Through his interdisciplinary background in plant sciences, archaeology, and informatics, he has led the development of data management tools, software platforms and data standards that are now used by tree-ring researchers across the globe.

Rachel Castro is Assistant Librarian in the Research & Learning department of the University of Arizona Libraries. She assists with the research, instruction, and other needs of students, staff, and faculty in the College of Fine Arts and the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture.

Lisa Duncan is Collections Management Archivist and Instruction Coordinator at the University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections. She has a MA in Information Resources and Library Science and a BA in Anthropology and History from the University of Arizona. She is also a Certified Archivist and holds a Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

Mary Feeney is News Research Librarian and Liaison Librarian for Gender & Women’s Studies, History, Journalism, and Sociology at the University of Arizona Libraries, where she partners with faculty and students in their research, teaching, and learning.

Stephen Hall  is a two-time (soon to be three-time) UA alumnus. Since 2014, he has worked at the History of Pharmacy Museum, first as Assistant Curator and then as Curator. He plays all manner of nerdy board games and is currently writing a book about the Upjohn Pharmacy in Disneyland.

Meg Jackson Fox  is Associate Curator of Academic and Public Programs at the Center for Creative Photography. Dr. Jackson Fox specializes in modern & contemporary art and history, time-based art practices, and interdisciplinary visual education. She holds an M.A. in Modern European History from the University of Tennessee; an M.A. in Art, Business and Museum Studies from Georgetown University, jointly convened with Sotheby's Institute of Art-London; and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Art and Critical Theory from the University of Arizona. Previously Assistant Professor of Global Art History at the University of Denver, Dr. Jackson Fox's research base is expressly trans-national, with publications in Germany, Italy, Poland, Great Britain, and the U.S.

Jennifer Jenkins  is Professor of Literature, Film, and Archival Studies and Research Social Scientist in the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on nontheatrical film in the Southwest and US-Mexico borderlands. She is Project Director of the NEH-funded Tribesourcingfilm.com project to repatriate midcentury U.S. educational films about Native peoples by recording alternate narrations from within the cultures represented.

Jamie A. Lee is Assistant Professor of Digital Culture, Information, and Society in the School of Information at the University of Arizona, where their research and teaching attend to critical archival theory and methodologies, multimodal media-making contexts, storytelling, and bodies. They are an Institute of Museum and Library Services Early Career Grantee and Faculty Fellow of the Agnese Nelms Haury Program for Environment and Social Justice. Their research monograph, Producing the Archival Body (2021), was recently published through Routledge and their new Studies in Archives series. [www.thestorytellinglab.io]

Jim Martin is Associate Librarian in the Research & Learning Department of the UA Libraries. He is the reference and instruction liaison librarian for the College of Optical Sciences and many departments in the College of Science.

Alexis Peregoy (she/her) has been Associate Archivist at the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography for five years. She is responsible for the stewardship of and access to 285 archival collections related to the history and practice of photography. Alexis holds a Master of Science in Information, where she focused on archives and preservation, an MA in Museum Studies, and a BA in Art History. She is also pursuing a Master of Legal Studies degree from the University of Arizona Law program, with an interest in information privacy, intellectual property, and cultural property law.

Fernando Rios is Research Data Management Specialist in the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship (ODIS). In this role, Dr. Rios focuses on supporting academic research in the areas of data management planning, research workflows, reproducibility, data and software curation, archiving and sharing, and open science. Additionally, he is responsible for managing the University of Arizona Research Data Repository (ReDATA). Dr. Rios' research interests have recently revolved around software archiving and preservation in the context of research reproducibility and reuse. He has also been active in software development in academia and in industry where he has worked on projects in the areas of geographic information systems, groundwater modeling, and incident management.

Amy Roberts is Curator and Archivist for the Fred Fox School of Music. She received her bachelor’s degree in music and anthropology from Hunter College and her master’s degree in library science with an archives certificate from Queens College of the City University of New York. Prior to the University of Arizona, she was an archivist at Brooklyn College and a music librarian and technical assistant at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She has collaborated with community organizations and social movements documenting their history at the Interference Archive. She has spoken at conferences in the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Australia concerning the intersection of art, social movements, and archives.

Molly Stothert-Maurer is Associate Librarian (Archivist) and Head of the Library and Archives at the Arizona State Museum. Molly was most recently Archivist & History of Science Curator at University of Arizona Libraries Special Collections where she worked closely with the collections documenting the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Previously she served as Archivist at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. She holds a MA degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona and a BFA in Studio Art from Texas State University.

Niamh Wallace is Associate Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries and an Adjunct Instructor for the School of Information at the University of Arizona. As a liaison librarian, she supports the research and learning needs of students and faculty in anthropology, English, government & public policy, and middle eastern & North African studies.

Emily Weirich is Associate Archivist for Digital Initiatives at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP). Prior to joining CCP, she spent time working in Access Services at the Harvard Fine Arts Library, as well as many years teaching people from all backgrounds the basics of ice skating; she holds a MA in Art History and a MS in Library Science. These days, she works with her colleagues to increase the accessibility -- physical and digital -- and digital research potential of CCP’s collections.

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