Students are the heart of a university, and the activities they pursue outside of class are a large part of the student experience. Yet student organizations, activities and contributions to the university community are underrepresented in the Indiana University Archives.
That is why the Indiana University Society of American Archivists Student Chapter is teaming up with the University Archives to collect the records of student organizations. Beginning this month, SAA-SC members will begin contacting student groups to encourage them to donate their records for inclusion in the archives.
Why should student organizations consider depositing their records in the University Archives? Here are a few of the benefits:
- Organizations won’t need to worry about losing records or finding a place to store them as they are transferred from one administration to the next. Founding documents, minutes, photographs, scrapbooks and correspondence will find a safe home in the Archives.
- Current members of each organization will continue to have access to records maintained in the Archives. Current and future alumni will more easily find information about their student organizations, too.
- Future researchers will be able to gain a fuller picture of the IUB experience because they will have access to records documenting student life.
The SAA-SC can’t do this alone. The project will require the cooperation of student groups and their presidents, but with their help we can better represent student activities in the University Archives and provide resources to those seeking student organization records.
If you’re responsible for a student organization and are interested in participating, please contact us at saa.iub <at> gmail <dot> com.
SAA-SC members should attend a meeting Friday, October 21 at 4pm in the IU Archives (4th floor of the East Tower at Wells Library) to learn more!