The mission of the University Archives & Special Collections/Records Management  is to appraise, collect, organize, describe, preserve, and make available records of historical, legal, fiscal, and administrative value to the institution. The Archives also serves research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collection by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community at large.

What is an Archive?

Archives are records relating to the history of the University created, received and retained for preserving the corporate memory as evidence. These records provide valuable information about the creators. Records are in the form of documents, manuscripts, rare books and other unique and irreplaceable collections that provide first hand information about the past.

What is Special Collections?

 Special collections formats involve monographs (books) about the history the creators, author, University or community. These books are usually out of print and carry high price tags.

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