Libraries and Archives

The Yale University Archives seeks to collect documentation concerning libraries and special collections at Yale.  Specific topics of interest include:

  • Acquisition and collection development strategies and policies
  • Collection management and preservation strategies and policies
  • Access, use, and outreach
  • Strengths of Yale collections
  • Provenance and value of library holdings
  • New policy, procedure, initiative development in any of the above areas

Archival Records

Examples of records of interest to the Archives, regardless of format:

  • Accessioning/acquisition, provenance, and disposition records in Special Collections
  • Annual reports from libraries, archives, and their divisions
  • Appraisal and insurance records
  • Correspondence
  • Documentation of approval plans and blanket orders
  • Donor files
  • Exhibit publications and descriptions
  • Friends or volunteer group meeting minutes, reports, and publications
  • Minutes and supporting materials from committees
  • Patron/borrower records, including call slips, in Special Collections
  • Photographs and audio-visual resources
  • Publications and websites (see Depositing Official Yale Publications)
  • Published catalogs, periodic snapshots of records in a catalog system, and finding aids
  • Records management schedules and authorizations to destroy records
  • Summarized statistics and reports

Office of record

Yale's libraries, archives, and the Provost's Office maintain the record copy of documentation concerning this activity.