The Mission of Purdue University Northwest Archives and Special Collections is to identify, collect, preserve, and make materials of enduring value that document the history, culture, scholarship, advancements, and achievements of the university’s faculty, staff, and students accessible to researchers.
What is an Archive and Special Collection?
Our department holds books, documents, photographs and other items that are either very old, fragile, rare, or important to Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, and Purdue University Northwest history. Many of these resources are irreplaceable, so our policies and procedures are different from the rest of the University Libraries. Finding Aids are used to find archival items.
As the keeper of Purdue University Northwest’s history, the Archives seeks to collect materials from offices, departments, and student organizations. Below is a list of appropriate materials to donate to the Archives:
All materials to be donated should be packed into boxes should be packed in the order they were in file cabinets, storage area, etc. An index of the materials sent would be appreciated.
When in doubt, don’t throw it out!
Patron Use Rules for Archival Collections
Archival documents represent information that, in many cases, is irreplaceable. For this reason, the Purdue University Northwest University Archives and Special Collections that you for observing these rules and regulations while using the collections of the university archive and special collections. If, as a researcher, you are not able to comply with these rules and regulations, you will be asked to leave the archives and special collections reading room.
The individual researcher will be legally responsible for the use of all materials, including the infringement of copyright or other ownership rights in the manuscript(s), photograph(s), artistic rendering(s), or other materials (the copyright laws of the United States, Title 17 U.S. Code, applies to all collections in this archive). The archive staff, however, will assist all researcher with obtaining the proper permission to publish all archival materials.
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Rules and Regulations Governing the Use of Pictorial Materials
Pictorial materials can be an important and vital addition to archival research. To ensure the long-term survival of the pictorial material in our collection, researchers are asked to observe the following procedures when working with pictorial materials
Published photographs and other pictorial material(s) hold copyrights for 28 years, renewable for a second 28 year period. Unpublished materials are protected by common law and normally may not be published without the consent of the original photographer/creator or their descendants.
Reproduction or duplication of any pictorial material(s) in the Archives and Special Collections may not be done without the permission of the University Archivist.
If prints or reproductions are provided by the Archives and Special Collections, it is to be understood that they may not be reproduced again without permission from the Archives Manager. It is also to be understood that reproductions provided by the Archives and Special Collections are to be used for the sole purpose indicated on the application completed by the requestor.
Why records will be removed from the Archive and Special Collection: The established mission (scope, content, and collection areas) of the Purdue University Northwest University Archives and Special Collection will act as the primary measure of collection development and deaccessioning (permanent removal) of records. As the Archive and Special Collection’s mission evolves to meet the needs of the university, all records will be evaluated for deaccessioning.
Deaccessioning of records that no longer fit the scope and/or content of the archival collection will be removed and either disposed of or donated to more appropriate repositories according to the following:
Donor’s desires from the Deed of Gift: All donated records to the Archive and Special Collections are accompanied by a Deed of Gift (D.O.G.) that allows the donor to, in the event their donation no longer fits the scope and/or content of the collection, choose how their records will be removed from the Archive. Their wishes, if specifically indicated at time of donation, will be carried out by the Archive Staff. If, however, the D.O.G. does not indicate a specific method of permanent removal, the Archive Staff will dispose of the records in a manner appropriate to the record and its overall value.
Any records to be deaccessioned where there is no explicit disposition plan (as directed in a D.O.G.) or that cannot be relocated to a more appropriate archive will be destroyed as follows:
All paper records: Will be shredded and recycled ensuring those records are never used again.
Non-paper records: Are to be disposed of properly, and that disposal shall comply with all University, State, and Federal guidelines for safe and environmentally friendly dispatch.