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Reacting to the Past

Identifier: BC13-48

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection contains material that documents the history of the Reacting to the Past program at Barnard College. Included in this collection are: student recruitment flyers, pamphlets introducing the concepts behind RTTP, a paper by Steven Stroessner and Laurie Susser about RTTP, and an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about RTTP and Mark C. Carnes. Also included in the collection is a program (2008) that contains the following information: an overview of the program and details about the rules of the games, course requirements, curriculum covered by the program, games in development, and feedback from various RTTP participants.


  • Creation: 2001-2013


This collection has no restrictions.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard College Archives. The Barnard College Archives approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.


1.12 Linear Feet (1 banker box)




This collection consists of materials from Reacting to the Past (RTTP). RTTP consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is in the original order in which it was received.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

The acquisition date and source is unknown.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Amy Lau in October 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Reacting to the Past Collection
Amy Lau
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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