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Illinois Wesleyan University's Archives overview


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This series of slides briefly describes what IWU's archives' collect and how our community can help save our collective history!

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Illinois Wesleyan University's Archives overview

  1. 1. Students, Alumni, Staff & Faculty: Secure Your History in IWU’s Archives A public service announcement by University Archivist Meg Miner
  2. 2. What is the University Archives?  IWU’s historical collections dating from 1850-today.  The office charged with collecting and preserving the history of our university and its people, and with advising our campus community about the same.  A resource for student, alumni, staff, faculty and the larger community seeking to explore unique historical, genealogical and educational opportunities.  Home to people who can help you research questions on all sorts of historical topics.  A place on The Ames Library’s 4th floor. We look a little formal but we’re really all about you!
  3. 3. What we collect Evidence of a group’s purpose and achievements Constitutions, charters, and by- laws  Minutes and reports of meetings, policies and member lists  1850: IWU “Birth Certificate” 1932: First Senate Constitution that we have a copy of. The “Student Union” was the group’s name when founded in 1915.
  4. 4. What we collect Products that demonstrate a group’s work Publications like reports,  journals, newsletters, brochures, programs Substantive correspondence of officers/administrators Course syllabi Organizational histories      Audio-visuals: photographs, films (ask for file size advice) Artifacts and memorabilia (in limited quantities)
  5. 5. What we collect Evidence of individuals’ work (collected or created) Honors’ and peer-reviewed conference projects, class news Scrapbooks (e- or print, documenting a group or a person’s IWU experience) Audio-visuals: photographs, films (ask for file size advice) Artifacts and memorabilia (in limited quantities)
  6. 6. What we don’t need  Records of specific financial transactions.  Routine messages of transmittal and acknowledgment.  Non-personally addressed correspondence such as “Dear Student Leader” (except for one record copy from the issuing office).  Replies to questionnaires if the results are recorded and preserved either in the Archives or in a published report.  Blank forms  Plaques or trophies
  7. 7. How you can help 1. Document your activities: keep minutes of meetings, save copies of publications and flyers, save just a few photographs --you decide what’s representative/significant. 2. Unnamed files are at risk! Label your materials with full names, dates, and descriptions of events or circumstances. Use descriptive e-content names that start with dates: YYYY-MM-DD_{event_or_person_name}.  Don’t use spaces in file names or characters like ‘ , “ & % ! 3. Keep your records together in one central place. 4. Develop a straightforward filing system that works for you.   5. Electronic records can pose software and hardware access problems over time, so develop a routine of transferring inactive records to the University Archives at the end of the semester, year, or leader's term of office.  9. WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T THROW IT OUT! Contact your archivist first 
  8. 8. Our Motto: "kNOw records, kNOw history" Preserving Your History for the Future! Contact your archivist Meg Miner x1538;   Located in Tate Archives & Special Collections, Room 401, of The Ames Library.