Student Organizations and the University Archives: Managing your records
A guide to assist student organizations when donating their records to the University ArchivesLast Updated: Jun 24, 2022 1:22 PM
While the records are still active (in use)
- Keep your records organized and in a central place; in folders, arranged by date or by topic
- Keep your records in a safe place, away from water, sun, food
- Think about keeping a copy of posters, fliers, and other types of materials that are only in use for a short time
- Save two copies of digital files, each in a different location (on an external hard drive or in cloud storage)
- Be consistent naming your digital files
- Use descriptive file names and consider including the date of creation in the name
- Websites and social media are not permanent. Save a copy of images, text, and video that you post online!
When the records are inactive (no longer in use)
- Your records may become inactive at the end of each semester, academic year, or when your organization has a change in leadership
- Maintain the file arrangement that you implemented while the records were active
- When in doubt, keep it!
- Consider donating records to the University Archives. University Archives staff are here to help!
What does the University Archives collect?
The Archives collects and preserves records such as:
Members of the Black Student Union, 1983
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