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University Archives - Mission

University Archives Use Policy
University Archives Collection Development

The mission of the University of Southern Mississippi Archives is to document the history and creation, development, priorities, activities and history of every administrative unit, academic school, department, research center or affiliate of the University. It is to provide source material for administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and other members of the University community, as well as scholars, authors, and other interested persons. Records from the founding of the University of Southern Mississippi as Mississippi Normal College in 1910 to the present are collected. To that end, the University Archives:

  • Appraises, collects, organizes, describes, makes available, and preserves records of historical, cultural, legal, fiscal, and/or administrative value to the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Provides adequate facilities for the retention and preservation of such records
  • Serves research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collections by members of the University and the community at large
  • Implements records management by formulating and pursuing policy and procedures that will ensure the collection and preservation of archival materials

The University Archives is a unit of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries. The responsibility for the management and development of the University Archives rests with the Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives. However, the ultimate responsibility for the University Archives' collection is in accordance with the UNIVERSITY RECORDS RETENTION AND DISPOSITION POLICY.