IWU Records Management Policy
The university archives documents the history of Illinois Wesleyan University from
1850 to the present, and the activities of its faculty, staff, and students. The
primary purpose of the archives is to appraise, collect, organize, describe, make
available, and preserve records of historical, legal, fiscal, and/or administrative
value to Illinois Wesleyan University, with an emphasis on all significant university
The purpose of the archives is also to serve as a resource and laboratory to stimulate
and nourish creative teaching and learning; to serve research and scholarship by making
available and encouraging the use of its collections by members of Illinois Wesleyan
University and the community at large; and to promote knowledge and understanding
of the origins, aims, programs, and goals of Illinois Wesleyan University.
Collection Development Policy
Records are defined as all recorded information regardless of format or medium. This
includes, but is not limited to, handwritten and printed paper documents, posters,
ephemera, microforms, photographs, audiovisual materials, and electronic records.
- The founding charter, statute, or legislative documents creating Illinois Wesleyan
University, as well as subsequent authorizing documents substantially affecting the
mission of Illinois Wesleyan University.
- Records of the administrative, faculty, and student governance committees, including
agendas, minutes and supporting documents for meetings of the Trustees, faculty, faculty-student,
and student governing bodies.
- Published and unpublished annual reports of chief executives, and academic and administrative
officers (Correspondence and office records of chief executives, deans and policy
- Summary budgets and financial reports.
- Publications covering basic institutional mission, including course catalogs, schedule
of classes, curriculum handbooks, and degree requirements.
- Faculty, staff, student, and alumni directories.
- Newspapers, newsletters, and other publicity issuances from students and official
campus offices and student and faculty organizations.
- Records and publications of student organizations and athletic programs.
- All other publications issued by administrative, teaching, and student bodies, including
scholarly journals, official reports, departmental newsletters, and student organization
- Selected publications by faculty and alumni, and students’ honors theses.
- Personal papers of selected individuals who have played a significant role in the
history of Illinois Wesleyan University.
To discuss the possibility of donating or transferring materials and to learn about
our gifts policy, please contact Meg Miner, University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian at The Ames Library.
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