Using Graphic Arts as Primary Sources

Summer Seminar in the History of the Book
June 3-5, 2001

Seminar Leader(s): 

Louis Masur
Georgia Barnhill

Under the auspices of the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) will sponsor a hands-on workshop for scholars on the use of graphic arts materials as primary sources in historical research. Topics reflecting two of the strengths of AAS's graphic arts collection have been selected as this year's focus. Visiting scholars will lead sessions on using city views and maps to reconstruct nineteenth-century communities and studying political prints to understand the Jacksonian Era. One session will focus on publications that exemplify the ways in which historians have creatively used images as research documents.

About the Faculty: 

Louis Masur, American Studies, City University of New York, Georgia Barnhill, Curator of Graphic Arts, American Antiquarian Society, James Newton, Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) Regional High School, and John Reps, Cornell University

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