HERM 312: Heritage Research (Rev. C2) Report a Broken Link

HERM 312 introduces multiple types of sources of evidence ranging from documentary—comprising textual and visual sources—to oral interviews, artifacts, archaeological resources, buildings, and cultural landscapes. The course includes extensive web-based readings and introduces the use of online search tools and digital resource collections in libraries, archives, and museums. Attention is given to interpreting primary documents and the ability to identify bias and intent, the nature and value of pictorial records, and their use in heritage research.

Unit 1—The Big Picture: Perspectives on Heritage Research and the Public


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Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza, Seville, Spain. The landmark heritage building, constructed under a succession of architects (1782–1881), is a major bullfighting centre in Spain. Visitors are often more struck by its controversial purpose than by its architecture and cultural heritage values.

Unit 2—Planning Heritage Research & Finding and Accessing Documentary Sources


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Unit 3—Documentary Sources: Evaluating and Interpreting Primary Text Records and Secondary Published Sources


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Unit 4—Documentary Sources: Examining Pictorial Records


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Unit 5—Oral History: Research Method and Documentary Source


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Unit 6—Material Culture: Artifact-Based Research and Source of Evidence


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Unit 7—Material Culture: Archaeological Resources and Heritage Research


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Unit 8—Architectural Heritage Resources: Documenting, Researching, and Interpreting Buildings


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To access page 338 of the text, enter the number 349 into the page-finder box above the page. Read to the end of the section entitled "The Opening of the West" on page 368.

Unit 9—The Resources of Place: Researching and Interpreting Landscapes


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To download the PDF of the required reading, click on the Free PDF tab and select Chapter 5 “Stories of People, Land, and Water: Using Spatial Technologies to Explore Regional Environmental History.”

Unit 10—Putting It All Together: A Case Study in Heritage Research


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Assignment 1


Milk Makes Muscle. Produced by the Alberta Department of Agriculture. 1920s. Black and white. Silent with intertitles. 7 minutes 42 seconds. Original format 16 mm film. This film is in the Provincial Archives of Alberta HeRMIS (Heritage Resources Management Information System) online Exhibits collection.

Assignment 2


Excerpt from Sister Salvatrice Liota, 28 May 1998. Interviewed by James Morrison. Pier 21 National Historic Site, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Oral History Collection, 98.05.27SL, (Duration 0: 12:24 minutes. MP3 sound format audio file). Reproduced with permission from Pier 21 National Historic Site - Oral History Project.

Excerpt from Agnes Potts, July 2, 2006. Interviewed by Steven Schwinghamer. Pier 21 National Historic Site, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Oral History Collection, 06.07.02AP (Duration 0:10:47 minutes. MP3 sound format audio file). Reproduced with permission from Pier 21 National Historic Site - Oral History Project.