The Archives identifies and collects records regardless of format that are considered of enduring value. Such records may be deemed to have permanent legal, fiscal, administrative, or historical value by the Archives and creator of the materials, or may be designated as permanent on a College-wide records retention schedule. Such materials may be in different formats, including paper, magnetic, or digital
Archival materials may include, but are not limited to: non-current records and other materials created or collected by various boards, committees, administrative and academic departments and staff in fulfilling the College’s mission and functions; publications created by the College; photographs of buildings, people, events, equipment, and activities; audiovisual materials; and small artifacts. The Special Collections will also collect the record copies of masters’ theses and be on the distribution list for widely-distributed materials. The Archives expects to undertake, preserve, and manage oral histories documenting specific clinical and scientific achievements, events, and people at the New England College of Optometry.
The Archives welcomes the offer of personal papers of faculty and alumni relating to their professional activities or the history of the College, provided that the Archive incurs no obligation to retain such material as an integrated collection or in any donor-prescribed form. The Archives will not purchase such materials.