Archives 101: Engaging Post-Secondary Students with Primary Sources

  • Emily Lonie
  • Ashleigh Androsoff


This article documents a productive partnership between a local archives and a community college that resulted in an enhanced learning experience for students and provided an opportunity to connect the archives with an underserved audience. Students were asked to creatively commemorate the life of a soldier or nurse who served in the First World War using archival military service files as inspiration. Through the project, students developed their research and communication skills and became familiar with the functions of an archives and the utility of working with primary source documents. The project successfully blended archival research with a creative pedagogical approach and serves as a model that could be adapted to fit a diverse range of subjects, using a variety of archival collections.