Instruction @CSWR

The CSWR will not be accepting requests to use the Frank Waters Room during the Summer of 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Are you interested in incorporating active learning with archival materials into your students' classroom experience? We are here to help! Librarians in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections welcome opportunities to give presentations on the basics of primary source research as well as historical topics represented in our collections. We are also happy to offer advice on materials to include in your own presentations and to assist in developing course-based activities involving archival materials and rare books.

Class visits can be tailored to your needs and are an opportunity for students to:

  • Experience course material in a fun, hands-on way.
  • Directly encounter objects from other time periods and cultures.
  • Find inspiration for creative projects.
  • Become familiar with the culture of archives and primary source research.
  • Improve their critical-thinking and communication skills by researching, writing about, and presenting on historical objects.
  • Acquire investigative skills essential to future study and employment.

The library’s Waters Room can accommodate up to about 40 students. A computer and projector are available.

We advise you to schedule class visits as early in the semester as possible so we can be sure to accommodate you. A minimum of one week’s advance notice is preferred.
Waters Room Use Policy and Agreement
We are also happy to work with groups from other institutions and the local community, including K-12 groups. Not able to visit? Please contact us to discuss whether we might be able to come to you.

CSWR Summer Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

Holidays: May 27, June 19, July 4

About the Center

Zimmerman Library 1st floor
West Wing
MSC05 3020 | (505) 277-6451