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What activities and resources make the Hagley Graduate Program special?

Students in the Hagley Program have access to an incomparable range of resources. They can choose to work with any of the more than 30 distinguished scholars who make up the History Department faculty. An extensive array of classes are offered each semester by both the History Department and other units at the University. Student and faculty research is supported by the University of Delaware’s Morris Library, which includes not only more than 2 million books, but also manuscript materials and electronic databases. Many of us also make use of the Hagley Library, which holds the world’s foremost collections of business records.

All Hagley Fellows participate in a weeklong orientation before beginning their first year. The orientation exposes students to the vast array of research opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region’s libraries and archives. Visits to museums and industrial sites help begin a discussion of the materiality of industrialization and the ways it is presented to the public. The Fellows play a critical role in running the Department’s weekly speaker series. Participation in History Workshop provides an opportunity to engage with both up-and-coming and established scholars in an intimate, seminar setting. Hagley Fellows also organize a biannual conference that brings in scholars from all over the country to present papers on a topic of their choice. Fellows also have special privileges at the Hagley Museum and Library.