The collection development policies (listed in the left-hand menu) specify what types of records should be transferred to the University Archives after the period of their active administrative use ends. The policies are intended to identify Yale records of long-term historical value.
The policies are organized according to the major activities performed at Yale as defined by the University Archives. For each activity listed, there is a collection development policy that defines specific topics of interest and examples of what types of records serve as adequate documentation of that activity. Although by no means exhaustive, the listed examples serve to identify what records should be transferred to the University Archives for permanent preservation when they are no longer needed in the office. For more information on the structure and use of these policies, see Understanding the Collection Development Policies.