Drake University - First Year Seminar 022

Drakeapedia: Building a Living Archive

Course Description:

This seminar engages students in conducting basic historical research of and for Drake University. The class will work as a group to create Drakepedia, which will live on as a permanent and public resource. Students will uncover long-forgotten stories as they navigate the fundamental issues of historical research and writing, conduct oral histories, and explore Drake’s Special Collections and the University Archives.

Course Objectives:

  • Learning to read and evaluate historic documents (agency files, alumni files)
  • Learning to write in different styles for appropriate audiences (academic, wikis, blogs, etc.)
  • Learning to prepare, conduct, and process oral histories (Drake faculty, staff or alum)
  • Learning how to use web-editing software, Wikispaces
  • Understanding the process of historical research, preservation and archiving (tour of State Historical Archives & Salisbury House)
  • Working collaboratively on a group project which ultimately becomes part of the Drake Archives
  • Understanding legal and copyright issues when researching, writing and publishing (wiki entries)

Course Projects:Student_archive_file_2011.jpg

Wiki Pages: building, person, organization, tradition/artifact
Oral History Interview
Blog Entries
2nd year - added Journals for Library Archive File

Course Speakers -

First Year Focus - Drake Connections
Second Year Focus - Oral History and Information Literacy

DrakeapediaClass.HistoricalSociety3.jpgCourse Tours -

First Year -

State Historical Society - historic content
Salisbury House - Museum

Second Year -

State Historical Society - preservation


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