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!
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.
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.