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Be a Detective: Art, Artifacts, and Artful Historical Research 

Practice-Teaching: Detail Of GL00-BB04-FF05-DR03-0053 (n/a, 1904-1922), by Unknown. Students of Arthur Wesley Dow Collection. Courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University. If you are curious about the history of art education, anatomy of artifacts, and nature of historical research, then this guide will serve to illuminate. Think of yourself as a detective, with an insatiable desire …

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“We are all potentially “next in line.”” Commemorating World AIDS Day 

In September of 1989, less than a year into George H.W. Bush’s presidency, John Caban earned his Ed.D. from Teachers College. His dissertation, “Caregiver: A Personal Journey with AIDS” documented his personal experience as the primary caregiver for his partner, Eddie Hernandez, who had been diagnosed with AIDS two years earlier. Hernandez died from AIDS* …

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Stories Worth Telling: USAID in Afghanistan 

“‎I know you're still young but I want you to understand and learn this now. Marriage can wait, education cannot. You're a very very bright girl. Truly you are. You can be anything you want, Laila. I know this about you. And I also know that when this war is over Afghanistan is going to …

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Today in History: Library of Congress Is Established 

If you happen to stroll along First Street in our nation's capitol, you will stop dead in your tracks to admire the Thomas Jefferson Building, a grand example of the Beaux Arts; marble, granite, gold, bronze, and mahogany are among the fine materials used in a lead design by 19th century Washington architects, John L. Smithmeyer …

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Library Resources for A&HH 6041 : Historical Method 

This research guide is an overview of library resources specifically prepared for Professor Cally White's class: A&HH6041, Historical Methods. The guide describes resources available within TC, as well as an extended overview of digitally accessible archives in New York State and beyond. Library catalogs ONLINE CATALOGS EDUCAT is the online library catalog at Teachers College. …

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Resources for Visual Sources: Using Library of Congress Archives in the Classroom 

This guide was created by Anne Hays and Leanora Lange for Alexander Pope and Timothy Patterson's course "Visual Sources: Using Library of Congress Archives in the Classroom." Contents LoC American Memory Collections Classroom Materials at the LoC Using the LoC Digital Archives Creatively Other Collections Visiting an Archive in Person Library of Congress American Memory …

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Using the National Archives in your classroom 

Today I got a very exciting email from NARA, the National Archives and Records Association, who released for iPad a set of fantastic teaching guides centered around their digital archives.  The tool is called TeachDocs, and by using it teachers can find ready-made lesson plans that place photos and documents from the National Archives collection …

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New York Philharmonic Expands Digital Archive 

For digital archives and performing arts enthusiasts, March 22 was an exciting day. The New York Philharmonic Archives launched its second set of materials on their digital archive. Now everyone, from researchers across the globe and classical music fans here in New York, can openly search the digitized materials, which now include scores, programs, images, …

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Library of Congress National Jukebox 

Amazing! Check it out! The Library of Congress has been making some of their historical music collections available for listening. A lot of the music that's currently available was recorded between 1901 and 1925. Much of it is pre-microphone acoustical, playing music into a giant horn: The other super exciting feature on this website …

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Building Our Legacy Together: History Will Be Kind To Me… 

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." --Winston Churchill Each office, faculty member, staff member and student has the opportunity to use PocketKnowledge to create an archive. The goal of an archive is to preserve and make accessible the records that comprise the history of an institution. The archive tells …

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Building Our Legacy Together: Why Bother? 

"A great deal is said by some people about 'rubbish,' but one investigator's 'rubbish' may be precious to another, and what appears valueless to-day may be found highly important tomorrow." American historian Justin H. Smith (1857-1930) The archives exists to acquire, preserve and make available vital records that document the College. An archive fosters a …

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Horace Mann School: Cultivation Rather Than Manipulation 

The Horace Mann School was founded 1887 as a coeducational experimental and developmental unit of Teachers College by Nicholas Murray Butler. The school moved to Morningside Heights with the newly-accredited Teachers College and into its own building in 1902. The school was named after Horace Mann, the first Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education; a …

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Meet… the other Jennifer 

Jennifer Van Tiem, Library Assistant, explains how she reads, takes notes, and summarizes the content of all documents within the historical archives to facilitate research by members of the Teachers College community. Jennifer shows Willoby and Himrod, esteemed professors,  a sample abstract from an item within the Frank Cyr collection within PocketKnowledge, the digital archive. …

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Marcelle Mentor, a graduate assistant in the Gottesman Libraries, reunites with Professors Willoby and Himrod and helps avoid a digital disaster: Himrod on the flatbed. At work on the Maurice D'Artique papers, Marcelle discusses the digitization process, including inventorying, selecting, scanning, and uploading the historical resources of Teachers College into Pocketknowledge , the digital archive. …

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Life on Google Books 

When I was in high school, I fell in love with the music and zeitgeist of the 60s and 70s, most likely influenced by my inheritance of a great vinyl, magazine, book and poster collection from my parents. One of my prized possessions was an original edition of Life magazine's Woodstock issue. It wasn't in …

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