Faculty paper guidelines

Apparently, I’m not the only one who finds it difficult to accurately communicate to faculty what the archives would be interested in collecting from their personal papers.

The archivist at Harvard University recently published a series of guidelines to better assist the faculty in organizing and transferring their papers to the archives. It explains how to differentiate between personal and professional materials from university records, provides brief guidelines on what information may be considered confidential due to federal regulations, and gives helpful hints on ways to organize the material.

Although it is tailor made for Harvard’s academic community, the guidelines provide a great starting point for any university archives and can be used as a way to help shape a conversation with potential faculty donors.