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Community Organizing Archive

Joint project of the University Library and Swearer Center for Public Service. Comprised of archival and manuscript papers of activists (with a focus on Brown alumni) engaged in public service through non-governmental organizations.

Teaching support

If you would like to have a member of the Brown University Library staff speak to your class, we can arrange for a variety of presentations, from a ten-minute introduction to a full class session.

University Library staff members often teach class sessions devoted to our holdings in a specific subject area, lead introductory sessions on primary source research, and provide general overviews.

Librarians can  help you locate materials in Special Collections to support your teaching. We have extensive knowledge of the collections, so please don't hesitate to contact us for suggestions for item selection.

Faculty are also welcome to teach in Special Collections with only minimal staff involvement. We can provide you with the materials and space that you need, and leave you with your students.

Librarians are happy to meet with faculty to create assignments based on the collections. Consulting with University Library staff in advance will help us to prepare for student needs.

For assistance, please contact:

Holly Snyder, Curator of American Historical Collections and North American History Librarian (;

Jennifer Betts, University Archivist (; or

your subject librarian.

Please visit the John Hay Library website for additional information about classroom visits.