The mission of the Library is to provide the collections, services, and environments to support and strengthen the teaching, learning, and research mission of Indiana University Kokomo.
The IU Kokomo Archives collects records relating to the history and culture of Indiana University Kokomo that have long-term, indefinite administrative, legal, fiscal or historical value. The majority of these records are created or collected by IU Kokomo administrative units and academic departments in connection with their work. Another key source of records collected by the Archives are the records generated by faculty, student and alumni organizations. Finally, the Archives collects on a selective basis the personal papers of IU Kokomo faculty, staff, and alumni as well as materials that document the campus’ relationship with Kokomo and Howard County.
The IU Kokomo Archives works with the University Archives to collect comprehensively and broadly in this area with the goal of documenting the creation, development, priorities and activities of every IU Kokomo administrative unit and academic school, department or research center.
This category includes faculty and staff bodies, student organizations, alumni groups and IU Kokomo support organizations. The IU Kokomo Archives collects comprehensively and broadly in this area with the goal of documenting the creation, development, priorities and activities of these organizations.
The IU Kokomo Archives collects selectively in the area of faculty papers with the goal of documenting the faculty member as a member of the University and campus community, as a researcher, teacher, and as a scholar interacting with professional colleagues both within and outside the University. In determining whose papers to solicit, IU Kokomo Archives staff consider:
The IU Kokomo Archives collects selectively in the area of IU Kokomo alumni papers with the goal of documenting the individual’s student experience with an emphasis on unique materials created and collected during their time at IU Kokomo or their engagement with the campus afterwards. Examples include:
Most records can be grouped into the following categories:
Consult Resources for Records Management at Indiana University or contact the campus archivist for guidance.
Papers commonly transferred to the IU Kokomo Archives include, but are not limited to, the following materials:
The IU Kokomo Archives generally does not collect:
If the IU Kokomo Archives declines materials, staff will direct donors to appropriate potential repositories or institutions.
The relevance of materials in the IU Kokomo Archives can and will change over time. Periodic deselection may be done to identify items which no longer fit the collection criteria for inclusion, that have degraded or that cannot be properly stored, used, and preserved. If this occurs, Archives staff will deaccession by one of the means below:
This addresses established collections and does not include the general weeding and appraisal of materials upon receipt or those materials deselected during processing.
This policy has been reviewed by the Dean of the IU Kokomo Library and is considered effective on the date indicated below. It will be reexamined regularly by the Campus Archivist and revised as needed.
Last revised: June 13, 2019