College & University

The Moravian Archives offers a variety of programs and opportunities for individual students and as well as for classes.

Internships

Students can get acquainted with archival work through an internship. Students will help organizing collections and enter descriptions into the Archives’ database. Students will commit to a minimum of four hours a week throughout the semester.

Tour of the Archives

Tours are offered for classes during which students will receive a general introduction to the archives. The following questions will be discussed:

what is an archives? how is an archives different from a library? what does an archivist do? how to do research in an archives?

why has recording and preserving information always been so important to the Moravians? what kind of materials does the Moravian Archives preserve?

During the tour various originals will be shown.

Classes

The archivist offers the following classes that can be presented in your classroom:

  • role and function of art in 18th-century Moravian communities
  • who are the Moravians?
  • ideas on gender in 18th-century Moravian communities

Courses

The archives offers the following college-level courses in cooperation with Moravian College:

Archival Studies

This course offers an introduction to the field of archival studies in which we discuss the basics of the archival profession. We will explore questions such as: What is an archives? What are the archival principles? What is information? Why do people record information? How can information be organized? In the session on document analysis you will get an understanding of formal aspects of documents and the different kinds of records that exist. We will discuss the history of record keeping from clay tablets to electronic data. The seminar will result in a research paper (15-20 pages) and involves practical work in an archives.

History of the 18th-century Moravians

This course explores the history of the Moravians as a transatlantic community in the 18th century. What did Moravians believe and how does this relate to other religious groups? Their communities are an interesting example of 18th-century intentional communities. How were their congregations organized? How did they perceive their own history and how did Moravians record history? How did others react to the Moravians?