Carol Buswell


Carol Buswell is the Education Specialist for the National Archives at Seattle, which holds the permanently valuable federal government documents for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. She also provides educational materials and instruction dealing with online and onsite access to National Archives records for the entire United States.

She has taught elementary and junior high school in various settings, from a one-room school house, to regular middle school classrooms, to coaching volleyball and track, both as a full-time educator and a substitute teacher. The majority of her full-time public school experience was spent in middle school and special education classrooms in Colorado and Oregon.

Carol regularly teaches online courses as an adjunct professor through Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska, and Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

She is certified to teach elementary school in Washington and holds a BA in Elementary Education and Fine Art from Western State College of Colorado and a MA in American Indian Studies from UCLA.

Carol’s Published Writing

“Exploring Your Own Community” and “Primary Sources for American Indian Research.” Both are sections of the Honoring Tribal Legacies Handbook for Educators. University of Oregon/National Park Service-Lewis and Clark Historic Trail, 2015.

“Searching for a Native American Ancestor” included in the Seattle Genealogical Society Journal, Fall 2014.

National Archives “Education Updates” blog (

Ø “New Resources for Teaching the History of Native America” November 2014.

Ø “The Importance of Treaties for Teaching American Indian History” November 2014.

Ø “Doing Research at a National Archives Facility.” January 2014.

Ø “Considering Context in Primary Sources: The Art of John Trumbull.” September 2013.

Ø “What’s in the National Archives and How is it Organized? April 8, 2013.

“Confronting Stereotypes in the Classroom”, Journal of Social Education Special Issue, Sept/Oct 2011.

“Digging Up Civil War Ancestors in the Classroom”, National Council of History Education magazine, 2010.

Introduction to The Eastern Cherokee Census – CD – Heritage Books, Bowie, MD. 2001.

Introduction to The New York Indian Census – CD – Heritage Books, Bowie, MD. 2001.

Vital Information from the Guion Miller Roll, Eastern Cherokee Court of Claims. Hardback Seattle, Washington: Native Press, 1999. CD. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 2000.

Master’s Thesis: “The Guion Miller Roll, A Cultural Geography of Late 19th and Early 20th Century Cherokees.” UCLA, 1997.

Carol Buswell, Education Specialist, National Archives at Seattle.

Phone: 206-336-5151.