Innovative Approaches to Archives

A cohort of ten early-career art historians from across the US and Europe have been chosen to attend a series of immersive workshops dedicated to teaching the history of American art through archives and primary sources.  Participants are: Katie Anania, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Sarah Archino, Furman College; Melody Deusner, Indiana University; Melanee Harvey, Howard University; Tess Korobkin, University of Maryland, College Park; Austin Porter, Kenyon College; Annie Ronan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Emma Silverman, Smith College; Allison Stagg, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Joannes Gutenberg Universitat in Mainz and Mark Twain Center for Transatlantic Relations; Bernida Webb-Binder, Spelman College.


Organized by the Lunder Institute in partnership with the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Teaching American Art with Primary Sources: Innovative Approaches to Archives includes hands-on archival discussions and presentations by senior scholars, archivists, and museum professionals. Drawing on the unique resources of each institutional partner, this multi-year engagement aims to build lasting relationships among the participants, foster professional collaborations, and allow participants time to test new pedagogical models in their home institutions.


Workshops for the 2019-2021 term will be hosted by the Archives of American Art in Washington, DC, September 26-28, 2019; the Lunder Institute in Waterville, Maine, April 9-11, 2020; and the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, March 25-27, 2021.