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UT Southwestern Special Collections and Archives

Archives

Background

The UT Southwestern Archives is responsible for collecting, processing, preserving, and providing access to the records essential to documenting the administrative, intellectual, and social life of UT Southwestern Medical Center. The Archives is dedicated to documenting:

  1. The mandated functions of UT Southwestern Medical Center and our University Hospitals—education, research, and healthcare delivery;
  2. The governance and administration of UT Southwestern Medical Center;
  3. The lives of faculty, staff, students, and alumni of UT Southwestern Medical Center; and
  4. The relationship of UT Southwestern with affiliated hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

What is an Archival Record?

Per the Texas Woman's University's "Records Management" page, "An original university record that has permanent or historic value, is inactive, and is not required to be retained in the office in which it was received. Archival records are retained and preserved indefinitely in the" UT Southwestern Archives.

What We Collect

The UT Southwestern Archives collects records (paper and electronic), photographs, audiovisual material, publications, and other historical materials documenting the administrative, intellectual, and social life of UT Southwestern Medical Center. The following is a partial list of the types of records that the UT Southwestern Archives collects:

  • Records documenting the functions and activities of administrative offices, departments, and centers (e.g. correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports, etc.); the offices of highest priority are those of the President, the deans of the individual schools, the Vice-Presidents, etc.
  • Records of standing committees (e.g. meeting agendas, meeting minutes, administrative correspondence, etc.)
  • Records documenting students' campus/academic life
  • Donated papers of faculty, which could include:
    • Professional correspondence/memos
    • University correspondence/memos
    • Teaching—lecture notes, syllabi
    • CV/Resume
    • Records documenting research activities—correspondence, research/subject files, lab notebooks, etc.
  • UT Southwestern produced publications (e.g. Center Times, departmental newsletters)
  • Printed materials including brochures, flyers, booklets, pamphlets, postcards, etc.
  • Yearbooks
  • Dissertations and theses


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