University of Oregon

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 3, 2016: The UO is transferring responsibility for records management oversight, policy, and training from the Libraries to the Office of the Vice President/General Counsel. While the transition is underway, UO offices may continue to submit records management questions though this form or via e-mail to spcarref@uoregon.edu. Library staff will consult with the Office of the General Counsel as needed to address your inquiry. We anticipate the transition to be completed by Summer 2016.

University Archives: Records Retention Schedule

Functional Sections: Libraries, Archives, Museums and Other Collections records

166-475-0085

This General Schedule is applicable to Libraries, Archives, Museums and Other Collections records of the Oregon University System. Retention periods apply to the record copy of all public records, regardless of medium or physical format, created or stored by the above specified agencies. Please note the exceptions to this General Schedule listed in OAR 166-030-0026 before disposing of records.

List of Series

1. Appraisal Records

Artifact Appraisal Records, Collection Appraisal Records Records document monetary value appraisals of institutional artifacts, objects, and collections that have been completed by private parties. This series may include but is not limited to appraisals and valuations reports; reference materials used by appraisers; and related documentation and correspondence.

Record Copy: Collection Units
Retention: Permanent

2. Borrowers Registration Records

Records used to grant citizens library cards and privileges Individual borrower information may include but is not limited to name, address, telephone number, date of birth, signature, expiration date, identification number and related data.

Record Copy: Libraries
Retention: (a) 3 years for application forms, destroy; (b) 6 months after last activity for all other records, destroy.

CONFIDENTIAL DESTRUCTION: Records in this series containing confidential information should be destroyed by pulping, shredding, or incineration. See the Confidential Recycling Procedure for more information.

3. Collection and Artifact Acquisition and Exchange Records

Curatorial Records, Collection Management Records Records document the acquisition, accessioning, use, preservation, storage, transfer and disposition of artifacts and collections at an institution’s museum, archives or library special collection, herbarium, or other repository which is used for research purposes. This series may include but is not limited to a log that lists the date of acquisition, acquisition/accession numbers assigned, brief descriptions of artifacts or collections, and donor names; gift receipt forms or other acquisition records that list detailed descriptions of artifacts, donors’ name(s), addresses, telephone numbers, acquisition numbers, and values (if known); cataloging worksheets listing acquisition numbers, identification and provenance of artifacts or collections, description of artifacts, and donor/owner names and addresses; deed of gift listing transfer of legal ownership or custody of artifacts or collections, their descriptions and conditions, declarations as lawful owners of the property, and signatures and dates of transfer; object file cards showing each acquired item arranged by nomenclature; subject file cards showing each acquired item and its arrangement; numerical file cards showing each acquired item arranged in acquisition number sequence; wildlife collecting permits which are the legal documentation for having wildlife carcasses; guns and weapons registration forms which provide the legal authority for the collection unit to possess firearms; condition/conservation records, photographs of objects, and related documentation and correspondence. The series may also include donor correspondence; descriptions of property; inventory lists; incoming loan agreements; background data about the collections and/or persons associated with the collections; receipt of collections documentation; donor agreement forms or instruments of donation; purchasing data; publicity records; foundation equity history reports; declaration of charitable gifts forms; copyright and citation information.

Record Copy: Collection Units
Retention: Permanent

4. Circulation Records

Records document the borrowing of circulating library materials by qualified patrons. This series may include but is not limited to the name and identification of the borrower; the titles of materials borrowed; the due date; overdue and fine payment notations; and related documentation and correspondence.

Record Copy: Libraries
Retention: Until the transaction is completed, destroy.

CONFIDENTIAL DESTRUCTION: Records in this series containing confidential information should be destroyed by pulping, shredding, or incineration. See the Confidential Recycling Procedure for more information.

5. Collection or Artifact Loan Records

Archival Materials Loan Receipts, Inter-Institutional Loan Records Records document artifact and material loans contracted between units of the institution or between the institution and either other institutions or individuals. These records include signed and legally binding agreements for incoming and outgoing loans between the collection administrators; receipts for loans and return of materials to the legal holder; and related forms, documentation and correspondence.

Record Copy: Collection Units
Retention: 10 years after the termination of the loan, destroy.

6. Collections Control Records

Transmittal Forms, Accessions Databases, Catalogs, Manuscripts Acquisition and Exchange Records Records document the maintenance of materials which typically involve accessioning, cataloguing, preserving, and/or referencing. This series may include but is not limited to: accession sheets; archives transmittal lists; accession reports; computer cataloging records; catalogs of holdings; reference guides and finding aids; request for permission to publish or reproduce images forms; (collection inquiries; budget and purchasing data;) and related documentation and correspondence.

Record Copy: Collection Units
Retention: Permanent

7. Deaccession Records

Records document recommendations concerning deaccessioning of specific holdings and action upon those recommendations. This series may include but is not limited to transfer forms to transfer ownership/custody of materials held within institutional collections to other institutions; deaccessioning documentation which lists the artifacts by acquisition numbers and descriptions, names of persons making deaccession recommendations and dates, reasons for deaccessioning, documentation that legal searches of donor records have been done to establish that the institution is not precluded from deaccessioning and to establish whether the donors are still living, appraised values (including whether these are estimates or have been appraised), signatures of approval for deaccessioning and dates, and dispositions of materials and dates; deaccessioning and weeding listings; reports of deaccessioning; and related documentation and correspondence.

Record Copy: Collection Units, Libraries
Retention: Permanent

8. Exhibit Records

Records document the display and use of artifacts and materials held by the collection units or displays created by the units. This series may include but is not limited to research materials concerning the cultural environmental setting surrounding the artifacts; bibliographies; lists of artifacts or items considered for inclusion; drafts of exhibit descriptions or scripts; publicity or advertisements for exhibits; artifact labels; photographs of exhibits; exhibit renderings and layout diagrams; exhibit scheduling and transport information; contracts and agreements; evaluation forms; condition forms; exhibit assembly and presentation instructions; and related documentation and correspondence.

Record Copy: Collection Units

Retention: (a) Permanent for exhibit descriptions or scripts, exhibit renderings and layout diagrams, photographs of exhibits, lists of artifacts or items considered for inclusion, and publicity or advertisements for the exhibits; (b) 10 years for all other records, destroy.

Transfer the record copy of all permanent records to the University Archives after 10 years.

9. Friends Records

Records document the efforts of special interest support groups to establish relationships with community agencies, individuals, businesses, and groups to gain their assistance with the development and coordination of institutional programs. This series may include but is not limited to establishing documents; bylaws; reports; brochures; newsletters or publications; meeting agendas; minutes; and related documentation and correspondence.

Record Copy: Collection Units
Retention: Permanent

10. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Records

Records document requests made of the institution for materials from outside sources and also institution requests for materials from other institutions. This series may include but is not limited to materials request forms; invoices for services provided; and related documentation.

Record Copy: Libraries
Retention: 3 years, destroy.

CONFIDENTIAL DESTRUCTION: Records in this series containing confidential information should be destroyed by pulping, shredding, or incineration. See the Confidential Recycling Procedure for more information.

11. Patron and Visitor Records

Visitor Records, Researcher Registration Records Records document the public tours or individual visits to the collection or research facility. The series may include but is not limited to weekly visitor statistics; sign-in sheets; patron logs; and guest books.

Record Copy: Collection Units, Libraries
Retention: 5 years, destroy.

12. Records Management Records

Transmittal Forms Records document the Retention and disposition of records created by the institution’s offices and the production of an institutional records Retention and disposition schedule approved and authorized by the State Archivist. This series may include but is not limited to records destruction authorizations; records inventory worksheets; special records disposition schedules; records transmittal lists; guides to microfilmed records; and related documentation and correspondence.

Record Copy: University Archives

Retention: Retention: (a) Permanent for records destruction authorizations, records transmittal lists, and guides to microfilmed records; (b) 5 years for all other records, destroy.


Other Copies: Units

Retention: Permanent for records destruction authorizations, records transmittal lists, and guides to microfilmed records; 5 years for all other records, destroy.

13. Reference Request Records

Records document scholarly requests for information about or access to items within the institution's collections. This series may include but is not limited to collection service request documentation forms that show requestors' names, addresses, and telephone numbers; the nature/explanation of the requests; use/purpose of the requests; dates of receipt and completion of requests; staff member handling the requests; amount of time spent on handling the requests; disposition of the requests; and related documentation and correspondence.

Record Copy: Collection Units, Libraries
Retention: 5 years, destroy.

CONFIDENTIAL DESTRUCTION: Records in this series containing confidential information should be destroyed by pulping, shredding, or incineration. See the Confidential Recycling Procedure for more information.

14. Serials Records

Records document the receipt and payment history for serials purchased by the libraries. This series may include but is not limited to periodical check-in cards; shelf list cards; payment cards; serials data input work form sheets; data base reports; item records; and related documentation.

Record Copy: Libraries
Retention: (a) Until input and verified for shelf list cards, destroy; (b) Until superseded by permanent cataloging record for check-in cards, destroy; (c) 5 years for all other records, destroy.

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