The staff of the Archives can help you with evaluating and adopting filing systems for your office records. Please contact the Archives for assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a helpful guide developed by the College and University Archives Section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) to identify academic record types. (Approved by SAA Council, August 1999.)
Guidelines for College and University Archives
Appendix I: Types of Academic Records
1. Legal or constituting documents (e.g., charters, constitutions, by-laws), vital records or security copies produced by any campus vital records program, policy statements, and reports (along with their supporting documents), minutes, substantive memoranda, correspondence, and subject files of the institution's:
2. Reports of:
3. Records of:
4. All publications, newsletters, posters, or booklets about or distributed in the name of the institution or one of its sub-units, e.g., books, posters, magazines, catalogs, special bulletins, yearbooks, student newspapers, university directories and faculty/staff rosters, alumni magazines, and ephemeral materials.
5. Special format materials documenting the operation and development of the institution, such as:
6. M.A. and Honors theses and dissertations.
7. Digital and other electronic records or lists of where such items are maintained and finding aids for accessing them.
8. Artifacts related to the institution if space permits and the institution has no museum.
9. Vertical files of primary and secondary materials for quick responses to general reference questions. Vertical files of secondary materials may be in the reading room for researchers.
10. Records and papers produced by school-related organizations, groups, and individuals while actively connected with the school, such as private papers of faculty members produced while working with or for the school; as well as manuscript collections related to the school—unless the archives is in a division with a manuscripts department. Some archives have greatly increased the documentation of their institutions by having all records and papers produced by school personnel in the course of their profession during their employment at the school, excepting personal correspondence, lecture and research notes, and products declared official school records.
The Archivist will work with the office or department to arrange for the transfer of appropriate records to the Archives. Departments and offices are responsible for filling out a records transfer form when materials are transferred to the Archives.
Download the Records Transfer Form.