HIST 316: Heritage Research Report a Broken Link

HERM 312/HIST 316 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


List of Required Readings

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


List of Required Readings

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


List of Required Readings

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Unit 4—Documentary Sources: Examining Pictorial Records


List of Required Readings and Viewings

Unit 5—Oral History: Research Method and Documentary Source


List of Required Readings

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


List of Required Readings

Unit 7—Material Culture: Archaeological Resources and Heritage Research


List of Required Readings

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


List of Required Readings

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


List of Required Readings

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


List of Required Readings and Viewings

Assignment 1


Milk Makes Muscle. Produced by the Alberta Department of Agriculture. 1920s. [video]

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.

Videos


Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza, Seville, Spain. Judy Larmour. [video]

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. 

Cameramen filming a scene at Fort MacLeod, Alberta. Glenbow Archives, NA-2635-96. [video]

This photograph was taken during the filming of the 1921 movie Cameron of the Royal Mounted. Consider how different its meaning might be without knowing this information, and consider how the meaning changes depending on whether the image is cropped or zoomed out to varying degrees.

Myers, Patricia. The Iconography of Cookbooks: A Cultural Window. Athabasca University, 2008. [video]

This video, developed for this course, includes ten images of cookbook covers, which have been selected and analyzed by Patricia Myers, a historian with Alberta’s Historic Resources Management Branch.

Central Park [Memorial Park], Calgary, Alberta, ca. 1910s. Glenbow Archives, NA-1604-116. [video]

Animated gif that displays several states of development of a park with a large central feature, trees planted along walkways, several ornamental gardens, and a pavilion structure in the far background. The text on the first slide reads: 1 of 3. Central Park [Memorial Park], Calgary Alberta, c. 1910s. Glenbow Archives, NA-1604-116. The second slide reads: 2 of 3. Unveiling of South African War memorial, Central Park [Memorial Park], in Calgary, Alberta, June 1914. The time of year a photograph was taken can be critical to the analysis of landscape features. The memorial confirms that date of June 1914, but the benches visible in the foreground of the c. 1910s photograph are not visible. Glenbow Archives, NA-1604-118. The text on the third slide reads: 3 of 3. Central Park [Memorial Park], in Calgary, Alberta, between 1914 and 1919. Is there a lead to be followed up from the Glenbow’s dating of this photograph? What changes have been made to the layout of the park by the time it was taken? Glenbow Archives, NA-1604-111.

Athabasca University. Heritage Research and Historic Dunvegan, Alberta. Athabasca University, 2008. [video]

Peeling Back the Layers: Revealing the Structural History of the Factor’s House: The Factor’s House, Exterior [video]

Peeling Back the Layers: Revealing the Structural History of the Factor’s House: The Factor’s House, Interior [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: The Curator and Artifact-Specific Research [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Seeking Original and Historic Items [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Prototypes and Reproduction [video]

Furnishing the Factor's House: Working with Ghosts [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Currently Manufactured Items [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Taking the Measure of the Building [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Acquisition Is Always Ongoing [video]

Interpreting the Site for Visitors: Putting a Tour Script Together [video]

Interpreting the Site for Visitors: Reading the Visitor [video]

Interpreting the Site for Visitors: Issues of IdentityPast and Present [video]

Interpreting the Site for Visitors: Welcome to the Factor's House! [video]