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US National Archives & Library of Congress

This class will meet on the Texas State University campus during the 2018 summer semester and will include a required fourteen-day field trip to study at the U.S. National Archives and Library of Congress.

US National Archives


2018 Summer Semester:  June 4 - July 6, 2018 

Class:   Meets regularly during the summer 2018 semester 

Required:   Fourteen-day field trip to the U.S. National Archives and the Library of Congress:  June 10 - 24, 2018 

Pre-trip Orientation Meetings will take place on the Texas State campus in San Marcos. 

What You Will Learn

After an orientation on Texas State University campus during the 2018 summer semester, the course offers fourteen-day field trip to Washington DC for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to carry out original research among the unique documents at the U.S. National Archives and Library of Congress.

This program offers students in the Department of History a variety of research opportunities and site visits that will enrich their understanding of U.S. and global history. This Study-in-America program gives student-researchers the support they need to initiate and carry out their own research at the U.S. National Archives.

Students enrolled in Texas State's College of Liberal Arts' undergraduate and graduate programs in Diversity Studies, English, History, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Women's and Gender History, as well as the Honors College, can benefit from this opportunity. This HIST 4399 course meets History Department requirements for a capstone seminar, and can be taken for graduate credit.

Our accommodation is in College Park, Maryland, with transportation service provided to the Archives I and II facilities in Washington, D.C. College Park is also home to the University of Maryland's flagship campus, ensuring that university services (dormitory housing, cafeteria services, medical facilities) are available away from home. During the program, students will have access to the University of Maryland's outstanding McKeldin Library, as well as the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress

In addition to its millions of published works, the Library of Congress has more than sixty million manuscript items available in its 11,000 separate collections, with a strong focus on American history and culture. Collections include the oral histories collected by the WPA Federal Writers Project, including the Slave Narratives and Folklore Projects; 23 Presidential Papers collections, including collections for Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln; scrapbooks kept by the Women's Suffrage movement; folk music records; early films of jazz records; the records of the Confederate States of America; the papers of John J. Pershing, U.S. Commander in Chief during World War I; and the personal papers of Rosa Parks, Wilbur and Orville Wright, William T. Sherman, Lewis Carroll, and Walt Whitman.

Admission is selective, and space is limited.

Course Option

HIST 4399  Senior Seminar CRN TBA

Tuition and Program Fee

Tuition for three hours of undergraduate university credit: $808.74

Program Fee: $1,345

Program fee covers lodging (including WiFi and linens), breakfast and dinner, transportation to and from airport, and transportation to and from National Archives each day.

A free shuttle for researchers connects Archives II, in College Park MD, and the Library of Congress, in downtown DC.

Important Note: Personal expenses and airfare are not included in the Program Fee.

Course tuition and the Program Fee will be billed to your regular Texas State account and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Drops and Refunds

All university policies regarding installments, course drops, and refunds apply to all billed and paid tuition and program fees.

Applying to the Program

Please begin by completing the following online extension program application:

          U.S. National Archives Program Application

Important: In addition to the completed online application, the following documents must also be submitted. You will be asked to attach them electronically to your application:

Health Information

Insurance Verification

General Release

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.

If you want to apply after the deadline, please contact the instructor below for more information.

Registering for Course

You must register for your academic course though the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular university registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Bishop.

For questions about appying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.