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Manage Harvard University Records

Records Management Services personnel at the Harvard University Archives guide staff, faculty, and administrators on how to manage their records.

Records Management Services

Records Management Services, a department of Harvard University Archives, provides guidance to University staff, faculty, and administrators on how to understand their responsibilities for stewarding and managing their records.

The Harvard Corporation defines a University record as “recorded information regardless of physical characteristics, created, received, recorded, or legally filed in the course of University business.”

Harvard's records—one of the University's most valuable assets—serve as evidence of the University’s organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, and other activities.

The Harvard University Archives is charged with the responsibility of ensuring “the prudent maintenance and efficient disposition of University records, consistent with sound archival standards, budgetary considerations, and legal obligations.”

The University Archives' Records Management Services staff work in partnership with the archives and records management programs at the Harvard Business School and the Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Library at Harvard Medical School.

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Records Management Services

Harvard University Archives
Pusey Library, Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


University Records Guidance


Workshops

Records Management Services offers workshops on popular records management topics. The workshops deliver practical advice that can be implemented in your office and are appropriate for all University employees.

Workshops are open to employees from offices and departments in Central Administration, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Graduate Schools in Cambridge.

Please note that local records management services are provided at HMS/HSDM/ChanSPH and HBS and training sessions offered for departments and offices are located at these schools. For HMS/HSDM/ChanSPH, please contact the Archives and Records Management Program  at Countway Library.  For HBS, contact HBS Archives Program.

Trash or Treasure: Guidance on Retaining Your Office Records

Objective: Have you ever wondered, "How long do I need to keep my office records? Can I throw them away when I am done with them?" This workshop provides tools and advice to help you determine how long to keep your records and what to do when you no longer need to hold onto them. Whether you feel like you’re drowning in information or you're concerned that you're keeping records too long or not long enough, this workshop is for you.

Length: 1 ½ hours

Who should attend: All employees who want to effectively manage their office's administrative or program records.

What you will learn:

  • What the resources are to help determine how long to keep your office records
  • What to do with records when they are no longer needed by your office
  • How to use Harvard's guide for records commonly found across the University

Out of Sight: Off-site Records Storage

Objective: This workshop will present the step-by-step process of sending records to off-site storage at the Records Center. We cover everything from how to pack a box to how to complete the deposit paperwork.

Length: 1 ½ hours

Who should attend: Employees who have not yet sent records to storage as well as anyone in charge of packing and depositing boxes who would like a refresher course.

What you will learn

  • How to identify records eligible for storage
  • How to pack and label boxes correctly
  • How to complete the paperwork and expedite your deposit
  • How to recall records back to your office

Note: You should be familiar with the General Records Schedule (GRS) and how to apply it to your records before taking this class. If you have not used the GRS, register for our Trash or Treasure workshop.

E-mail Management

Objective: This workshop will introduce methods for gaining control of e-mail and managing it according to Harvard records policies as well as provide tips on how to organize your e-mail.

Length: 1 ½ hours

Who should attend: All employees who want to effectively manage their e-mail.

What you will learn

  • Methods of controlling e-mail
  • The application of the General Records Schedule to e-mail
  • Examples of types of e-mails with their appropriate retentions

Note: You should be familiar with the General Records Schedule (GRS)  and how to apply it to your records before taking this class. If you have not used the GRS, register for our Trash or Treasure workshop.

Check back for Summer 2019 workshops