Collecting and Access Policies

The Emory University Archives supports the teaching and research mission of Emory University. University Archives collections are available to all researchers in the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and provide primary research material for undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, staff, and administrators, as well as genealogists, scholars, and others interested in learning more about Emory’s history and its impact on American social, cultural, and intellectual life.

As the official repository for all University records of enduring significance, the University Archives:

  • works with schools, departments, and administrative units to appraise the records they create and to select those that need to be preserved for future use;

  • works with students, alumni, faculty, benefactors, and friends of the University to collect papers, photographs, audiovisual materials, and other items that document Emory life, culture, and history;

  • promotes, supports, and sponsors programs and activities that facilitate information, interpretation, and research on Emory history.

Emory University Archives Collecting Policy 

The Emory University Archives holds material that documents the origins, history, development, activities, and achievements of Emory University, its predecessor schools, and related organizations.  The University Archives selects, preserves, and makes available materials related to Emory’s founders, students, faculty, alumni, benefactors, academic departments, administrative offices and campus organizations.  Materials are selected for their enduring historical, administrative, fiscal, or legal value, and include records, manuscripts, photographs, audio visual material, publications, and digital materials.

Emory University Archives Collecting Policy [updated July 17, 2013]

Emory University Archives Access Policy 

University records, when fully processed, are generally open to research use. All such documents will be maintained by the Emory University Archives as part of the permanent records of the University and are made available in accordance with the rules of the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library governing the use of manuscript and archival materials. Records that contain sensitive personal information will be restricted in order to protect individual privacy. Certain administrative records are restricted in accordance with University policy as outlined in the Emory University Archives Access Policy. 

Emory University Archives Access Policy [updated March 14, 2011]