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September 22, 2010

Classroom Instruction in the Special Collections Research Center

Classes are in full swing at CWRU as a new academic year begins. Each semester professors in a wide array of disciplines encourage students to use materials from our stacks by scheduling a class meeting in the Kelvin Smith Library. Recently, Dr. Stephen Hefling and Sue Hanson, Head of the Special Collections Research Center, selected a number of rare music books and manuscripts to complement the curriculum of his MUHI 610 Bibliography and Research Methods in Music course. It was arranged for the students to learn about these materials as part of a class meeting in the library. Most of the time was spent with Music Librarian Stephen Toombs in the Dampeer Room where he taught them about online and print music resources with a break in the instruction to see the Special Collections materials in the Henry R. Hatch Reading Room.

MUHI 610 meets in the Hatch Reading Room

Among the rare music texts and manuscripts used by the class were six rather large (74.5 cm x 53cm) leaves, numbered 86-91, of a Latin missal dating from the late 17th century. Seen in the lower left of the photo below, the inscription written on verso of the last leaf reads: From the old convent of Santiago Tlatelulco, Mexico, 1690. The leaves comprise sections of chants from the first Sunday after Pentecost, the Feast of the Blessed Trinity.

Table display assembled for Dr. Hefling's class

Faculty are encouraged to schedule class meetings in the Hatch Reading Room to take advantage of the rich resources found in the Center’s rare books, manuscripts and special collections. Classes may be developed with customized bibliographies compiled for focused subject access to the collection. Please contact Sue Hanson, Head of the Special Collections Research Center (nsh2@case.edu) for more information.

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