Alas, what mountains of dead ashes, wreck and burnt bones, does assiduous Pedantry dig up from the Past Time, and name it History, and Philosophy of History; till, as we say, the human soul sinks wearied and bewildered; till the Past Time seems all one infinite incredible grey void, without sun, stars, hearth-fires, or candle-light; dim offensive dust-whirlwinds filling universal Nature; and over your Historical Library, it is as if all the Titans had written for themselves: DRY RUBBISH SHOT HERE!
—Thomas Carlyle

Few learn much from history who do not bring much with them to its study.
—John Stuart Mill

[History is] not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
—Lord Acton

THIS COURSE introduces students to the wide variety of resources and analytical methods that historians and other specialists in the historical profession use in their work. Throughout the semester students will acquaint themselves with the full range of bibliographical resources and will practice the art of historical interpretation, relying on different types of materials including—but not limited to—oral interviews, photographs, maps and nautical charts, newspapers and periodicals, government records, manuscripts, art and architecture, and physical artifacts. Through in-class exercises and individual editing projects students will gain skills in library research, editing, writing, analysis of sources, and historical judgment.

David Campion
Pamplin Associate Professor of History
Miller 409 | MSC 41

Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, Oregon 97219 USA

Tel: 503.768.7435
Fax: 503.768.7418
Email: campion@lclark.edu

Class Hours:
TuTh 9:40-11:10
Miller 414

Office Hours:
MWF 10:15-11:45
(or by appointment)
Miller 409

Course Requirements

Schedule of Classes

Assignment Guidelines

Bibliographical Checklist

Research Guide

Prof. Campion's Other Courses

Top (left to right):
Rare books (no detail)
Main Gallery, US National Archives and Records Administration
Romulus & Remus, Early Roman Republic, Trinity College, Dublin
Domesday Booke, National Archives of Britain
Epitaph of Statoria Appia and Statorius Proculus, Liguria, Italy, 2nd century CE, US Epigraphy Project

Bottom (left to right):
Mare Arabicum et Indicum, Dutch, 17th century
Rare books, Christ Church College, Oxford
Letter from King Alexander II to the Scottish Parliament in Kirkliston, 1235, National Archives of Scotland
British officials and their wives in India, c.1900 © Private collection of Clark and Joan Worswick
10th-century manuscript, North Italy; State Library of South Australia

Created by campion@lclark.edu | Updated February 2016