The final step in good records management is to archive records of enduring value. The answer to whether you will do that yourself or donate to SCUA is entirely up to you and what you think is best for your organization.
Some questions to ask yourself:
There are many things to consider, and your Student Life Archivist is happy to have conversations with you to discuss your organization’s unique circumstances and preferences to determine the best course of action.
First, you’ll need to contact your Student Life Archivist via email or phone to let her know what you want to donate. The more details you can provide, the faster we can decide what your donation will contain and the easier it will be for our Processing Archivists to make your materials accessible once they’ve been donated.
Next, you will need to sign a Deed of Gift. This agreement transfers physical ownership of the materials to SCUA and can also transfer copyright and outline restrictions. Without this signed agreement, we cannot do anything to further organize, preserve, or share your materials.
Lastly, you can send the materials to SCUA, or we can arrange a time and place for the donation hand-off.
Regardless of whether you donate your records to us, we are always a resource for you to answer your questions, provide guidance, and support your organization in preserving its legacy.
Choosing to donate your records to SCUA means:
Donating your records to SCUA guarantees that your legacy is an evident part of the University's history, and this helps other students to see themselves represented there.
Not quite ready?
The Student Life Archivist is a resource for you whether or not you donate your records to SCUA. She can help you develop better recordkeeping practices, including organizing and storing your records so that you can preserve your own legacy at Iowa State University.
SCUA can also scan and return select original materials on a case-by-case basis.
Don't let your time and effort to collect and preserve your organization's history go to waste!
If you've decided to donate your records to SCUA,