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US National Archives & Library of Congress

US National Archives

Dates and Location

Summer 2017

Program Semester Dates: 
June 5 - July 7, 2017

Program Travel Dates: 
June 11 - June 25, 2017

Program Director: 
Dr. Elizabeth Bishop

Location: U.S. National Archives, College Park, Maryland and the
Library of Congress, downtown Washington D.C..

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

Program Objectives and Details

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

Washington DC offers students in the Department of History a wide variety of research opportunities and site visits that will enrich their understanding of U.S. history. The United States National Archives II Study-in-America program supports the College of Liberal Arts’ undergraduate and graduate initiatives in diversity studies, English, History, the Honors’ College, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender History, as well as continuing awareness of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s legacy at Texas State.

One of the suburbs of our nation’s capital, College Park MD, is the home to the Archives II facility, where the bulk of U.S. civilian records are curated. College Park MD is also home to the University of Maryland’s flagship campus, which ensures that all the support services (dormitory housing, cafeteria services, medical facilities) are available for a successful university experience away from home. This new program will give students in the research seminar and upper level U.S. history courses access to the widest array of sources in the nation, thereby broadening the topic options for research.

Library of CongressIn 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 WWI; as well as 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

Tuition and Program Fee

Tuition for three hours of undergraduate university credit: $774.99

Program Fee: $1,100.00

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.

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.

Program Director

For more information about the content of this program, please contact:

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop