Collection Development Policy

In accordance with the mission statement of Marist College the Archives and Special Collections serves the College and local community by collecting, preserving, providing access to, and interpreting research and primary resource material that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, staff, and researchers in the Marist Community.

The Marist College Archives and Special Collections considers collections consisting of primary documentation which support the College curriculum. Collections are chosen with attention, first, to instructional and research interests of the College and, second, to the special contributions the Marist College Archives and Special Collections can make to the broader scholarly community.

The Archives and Special Collections chooses its target collecting areas with an awareness of collecting activities of other U.S. repositories, especially those in New York State. In making acquisitions, the Archives and Special Collections generally seeks to avoid dividing collections among institutions. When offered donations of materials beyond the scope of its primary collecting areas, the Archives and Special Collections may refer donors to more appropriate institutions.

The Archives and Special Collections places no overall geographical, linguistic, or chronological limitations on the scope of materials to be collected. Collecting policies will be developed for individual subject areas to delineate such collecting restrictions. No particular formats are excluded, although the Archives and Special Collections does not seek to acquire objects better suited for museum collections. Such memorabilia may, however, be accepted as part of larger collections, if useful for instructional or exhibition purposes.

For detailed guides on donating your personal papers or organizational records to a repository, please take a look at the following websites produced by the Society of American Archivists: