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   Preservation Research (HP224) Fall 2002

   Research- and archive-based classroom course.

   Philip Cryan Marshall, Associate Professor
   Tel. 401.254.3061, E-mail pmarshall@rwu.edu
   Office: Engineering 130

Office Hours
   Advising hours will be posted on my faculty office door each week, a week in advance. Please sign up and bring an agenda. If you plan to discuss drafts, proposals, drawings, field notes, photographs, or similar material, please leave a copy in my faculty mailbox with a note asking me to preview your work at least two days before your meeting — to provide enough time to consider carefully your work before getting together.

Course Description

  "An examination of the primary and secondary resources used in research for historic preservation, including documentary, photographic, maps, and physical analysis. Students will be assigned individual buildings to research. Exercises will develop visual research skills (datign buildings by design and materials) and physical investigative procedures used in identifying tool marks, materials, etc. Full reports, according to the Department of the Interior Standards, will be prepared on the buildings." (3 credits) Fall. Catalog Year 2001/2002 (May 2001)


Goals and Objectives
   Refer to the course description.

Student Responsibilities

  • Attend all classes, site visits, meetings, and field trips
  • Work as involved, responsible member of all project teams
  • Actively participate in class and meeting discussions, planning, integration of independent work with other efforts
  • Complete assignments (word-processed or electronic, when written) by due dates
  • Advise faculty about any concerns, tutoring, and special needs
  • Come to site visits prepared, with necessary tools, equipment, and supplies


  • Attendance, active participation mandatory — 25%
  • Course projects— 75%

Required Reading

  Books and Web links are listed below. Additional reading will be provided as class handouts and materials on reserve.

  • Gilderhus, Mark T., History and Historians: A historiographical introduction, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Third Edition, 1996 [buy at Amazon]
  • Marius, Richard. and Melvin E. Page. A Short Guide to Writing About History, New York: Longman, fourth edition, 2002
  • Rampolla, Mary Lynn. A Pocket Guide To Writing In History, Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 1998, Second Edition [Buy at Amazon]
  • Strunk, William, Jr., E.B. White, and Roger Angell. The Elements of Style, New York: Macmillian Publishing Co., inc. [buy at Amazon; online edition at Bartleby.com]
  • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Sixth Edition, 1996 [buy at Amazon]

Recommended Reading

   Refer to Assignments, posted and handed out during the semester and Assignments.

Schedule of Class Meetings
    The class is scheduled to meet in Bristol, Tuesday and Friday, 2:00 to 3:30 PM. Nonetheless, much work will be done on site in Bristol; in Newport during working hours of the Preservation Society of Newport County; and at other institutions. The course schedule, which will work around your existing commitments, will be determined once class begins.

Equipment and Supplies
   All equipment and supplies will be reviewed in class.