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About the Office of University Archives and Records Management

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES: WHO CAN USE IT?

A major goal of the University Archives is to make available and encourage the use of its collections for teaching and research. Consequently, most records in the Archives are open and available for use by faculty, students, alumni and the general public. However, in order to protect the records and to ensure their long-term preservation and accessibility, materials in the Archives do not circulate. University records must be used in the Archives reading room in accordance with the regulations of the Department.

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES: WHAT DOES IT CONTAIN?

VOLUME AND TIME SPAN: The University Archives houses approximately 14,000 cubic feet of records covering the period from the creation of the University in 1820 to the present.

CREATORS OF RECORDS: Records in the Archives originate from three basic sources:

1) Indiana University administrative units and academic departments

2) IU-affiliated organizations, such as faculty bodies, student organizations, alumni groups and IU support organizations

3) IU faculty and alumni with a distinguished record in research and teaching.

TYPES OF RECORDS: The majority of records in the Archives consist of unpublished, paper records, such as correspondence files, minutes of meetings, reports, financial records, architectural records and clippings files. The Archives also maintains a large series of publications produced by IUadministrative units and departments and by student, faculty and alumni organizations. In addition to the paper-based, "textual records," the University Archives houses a large quantity of "non-textual records," such as photographic prints and video and audio tapes.



last updated: 6/14/2005