What is an archive? According to Mr. Webster, an archives is "a place for keeping public records." The popular image synonymous with this definition is usually one of dusty, dull records, mounds of paper, rows of file cabinets, and long aisles of boxes. While our University Archives also contains the requisite cabinets and boxes needed to house our resources, the contents of our holdings is what makes our collection so interesting and dynamic. Our emphasis is on acquiring and preserving materials that will have historical value, now or in the future. As a result, items are being added continuously as our history is being made.
Our primary goal is to serve as the depository of all university publications and records of historical and research importance. In addition to collecting official university documents, we are also eager to acquire materials which document and depict the activities and functions of our entire university community, encompassing faculty, staff and students.Within these guidelines, types of materials include:Campus Publications: Memos, reports, announcements, brochures, catalogs, budgets and other miscellaneous materials of university divisions, colleges, departments, offices, support and extension services, and student groups and organizations. Archives holds runs of the following campus publications:
Event Publications: Fine arts programs, commencement programs, seminar / conference and workshop announcements and other miscellaneous materials relating to university events and activities.Speeches and addresses of UNF Presidents and other administrators at Presidential Inaugurations, UNF building groundbreakings and dedications, and other ceremonial events.
Publications of any other state-supported organization closely related to the University (e.g., former State Board of Regents memos, minutes).Newsclippings pertaining to the University of North Florida and its activities. Clippings date from 1963 to date; indexes to contents are available.Master's theses and dissertations (through Spring term 2012) written by UNF students; and monographs written by UNF faculty and staff.
Formats of our holdings vary considerably. The collection includes traditional paper documents such as complete runs of university budgets, campus newspapers and college catalogs, as well as video / audio recordings, maps, architectural drawings, blueprints, awards, banners, artifacts, assorted memorabilia, photographs, slides, and negatives. We also provide access to digital images and full text documents, such as these early UNF documents:
We have automatic deposit of many primary documents from campus offices, but, for a good part of the collection (i.e, memorabilia, announcements, programs, etc.), we rely on the goodwill and assistance of college and departmental offices, and members of the UNF community.We heartily encourage members to become active in collecting materials and to serve as our "eyes and ears" for potential donations. Examples include: University offices being renovated, faculty /staff members retiring, etc. We will also be glad to go to campus offices and assess potential donations for placement in Archives.
In addition, please keep Archives in mind when:
Due to the scarce / valuable / unique nature of the materials, they do not ordinarily circulate. However, circulating copies of UNF faculty and staff publications, UNF master's theses and dissertations, and some governmental reports are available for checkout in other library collections. Photocopiers are also available for use on the first floor.
University Archives is on the first floor of the library. Because it has minimal staffing, appointments are necessary. Please call (904) 620-1533 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNF groundbreaking ceremony, September 18, 1971
Campus construction, 1972
First UNF freshman class, 1984
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