Fryer librarians can provide tailored classes featuring:

  • rare books
  • realia
  • unpublished material

These classes engage students with a diverse range of primary sources, original objects and historical information. Classes can either be held in lecture spaces or the Fryer Reading Room by arrangement. Contact us  to discuss your teaching needs for your courses.

Recent Fryer special collections classes

Studies in Photography (MSTU2140)

Students handle glass lantern slides, negatives, tintypes, and albumen silver and sepia prints and explore their provenance. Original objects introduce students to the range of photographic techniques and film developing processes that have evolved over time. Varying forms of photographs and negatives are sourced from the Alcock collection, Florence Elizabeth James-Wallace's Photographs of World War I, 1915-1916 as well as 19th-century photographic albums.

Editing the Manuscript (WRIT7070) 

Students gain a practical insight into the editorial and creative writing processes of Queensland writers such as Thea Astley, Nick Earls, and David Malouf by examining iterative drafts and correspondence from publishers.

The Medieval and Early Modern World (HIST1400)

Students use their skills to place early modern primary documents and publications in their current historical context. Materials include a latin deed bearing the seal of Charles I and an Elizabethan land indenture document, dating from 1567. Publications such as The Dialogues of Creatures Moralysed, published in 1535 are also viewed. Students observe these items critically to determine how, when, and by whom they were created.