Public History and Archival Studies
Guided by the belief that an understanding of the past enriches the lives of individuals and communities, public historians explore ways to make the past useful to the public. At Auburn, faculty in the public history and archival studies programs train students as historians and archivists and prepare them to practice in the public sphere. The programs combine a rigorous academic curriculum in which students are trained in traditional historical skills of research, writing, analysis, critical thinking, and communication along with practical experience in archival and public history settings working with diverse audiences.
The archival studies program at Auburn was established in the 1970s, and the department’s faculty has supported the university’s land-grant mission of teaching, research, service, and outreach to the community by working with area and state institutions as well as regional and national organizations. Whether speaking at Civil War Roundtables, leading the Bartram Trail Conference, participating in Teaching American History Grant programs, presiding over the Alabama Historical Association, editing the first professional archival journal published by a state or regional organization (Provenance), and organizing public history symposia and conferences, Auburn’s history department faculty are committed to serving the public through their scholarship, teaching, and outreach.
See below for more information about faculty associated with Public History and Archival Studies.
Last Updated: November 08, 2016