Retention Guidelines for Non-Current Office Records

The College Archives is the repository for all non-current, inactive, official College records that have sufficient historical and administrative value to warrant their preservation. Records commonly retained by the Archives include:

  • Constitutions and by-laws, minutes and proceedings, lists of officers of College corporate bodies.

  • Office files : including correspondence and memoranda (incoming and outgoing) and subject files concerning projects activities and functions

  • Historical files documenting policies, decisions, committee and task force reports, questionnaires.

  • Publications : one copy of all programs, newsletters, brochures, posters and announcements issued by the College or its subdivisions. The Archives should be placed on College departmental and office mailing lists to receive all future publications.

  • Audio-visuals : photographs, films, sound and video recordings.

  • Personal papers of students, faculty, and staff which relate to the College's work.

Records which are not commonly retained by the Archives, but which may be retained by the office or origin, include:

  • Records of specific financial transactions.

  • Routine letters of transmittal and acknowledgement.

  • Non-personally addressed correspondence such as "Dean's and Directors" memoranda (except for one copy from the issuing office).

  • Requests for publications or information after the requests have been filled.

  • Replies to questionnaires if the results are recorded and preserved in the Archives or in a published report.

Items which may be discarded directly from the office of origin when they are no longer necessary include :

  • All blank forms and unused printed and duplicated materials.

  • All other duplicate material; keep only the original copy and annotated copies.

  • Papers, reports, working papers and drafts which have been published.


Digital information stored on disks, tapes, hard drives, CDs, DVDs or other formats can be deposited in the archives, however, the archives does not take responsibility for migrating the information to upgraded or newly developed formats. There may be times when important information should be printed and deposited in paper form.

This list is intended to be a general guide. If there are questions about record types not listed here, please contact Christopher Raab, Archives and Special Collections Librarian, at x4225, or email to christopher.raab@fandm.edu

For information regarding the transfer of permanent records, please consult the college's Transfer Guidelines.

WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T THROW IT OUT!






updated 05/12/05, CMR