If you need a place to store University records you're required to retain, we can help.
The Records Management Services team at the Harvard University Archives can arrange for storage of your University records at the Harvard Depository.
The first step to getting your records moved to the Harvard Depository is to request an account with Records Management Services. To apply for an account, complete the records center contract (PDF) and email it to email@example.com.
Once the office account is created, those who have been designated as authorized users will be able to use the account.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to update the users when needed.
Identifying Records for Deposit
You can identify records eligible for storage using the General Records Schedule (GRS).
The GRS covers common records found throughout the University. Most entries in the GRS direct you to retain records for a specific number of years, after which they can be destroyed.
If this is your first time using the GRS or if you would like a refresher, visit our Records Schedule Basics page.
Preparing Records for Deposit
1. Ordering Boxes and Barcodes
To order boxes and barcodes, email email@example.com.
Box orders are linked to your office's Records Center account. If you don't already have an account, see "Getting Started" for details on applying for your account.
2. Pack, Label and Barcode Your Boxes
Records that are stored offsite must be properly packed, barcoded and labeled in order to be transported to the Harvard Depository.
3. Complete Paperwork
You must create an inventory of the materials you're transferring offsite as well as get an authorization form signed by the head of your department.
4. Request Review and Pick Up
Email the completed authorization form and inventory workbook to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Records Management Services staff will review your documents and arrange a pick up to take place within three business days.
Accessing Your Offsite Records
To retrieve records to your office by next-day delivery, and to return records to the Harvard Depository, contact email@example.com by 3:00 pm.
To place a retrieval/return order, please provide:
- Full barcodes of the requested boxes
- Delivery or pick up location if different from the information submitted for your account’s authorized user information.
- An alternate contact, if needed