As an important part of its mission of documenting the internal life of the Villanova University community and placing it in a broader societal context, the University Archives seeks to acquire, organize, and make available the personal and professional papers of the Villanova University faculty.
Faculty papers offer insight into the history and operation of the University, that otherwise may be lost by relying only on official administrative records. They reveal professional interests and opinions that frequently clarify matters mentioned in the official records of the administration. Faculty papers document the academic life of the University and relate one's academic career to his or her total interests, thereby constituting an important historical record. Personal viewpoints expressed in private correspondence and documentation resulting from service on academic committees may provide a better basis for understanding the University than official records from the administrative offices alone. Without a broad range of faculty papers available for consultation, the University Archives cannot provide a full compliment of perspectives regarding the history and development of the institution.
The size of the Villanova University faculty, and the available storage space and staff of the University Archives place limitations on the extent of collecting faculty papers. While attempting to acquire a broad range of personal papers, the University Archives must be selective.
The following criteria are applied when appraising and soliciting the personal and professional papers from faculty:
The following types and formats of documentation reflect and illuminate the careers of the Villanova University faculty and are sought by the University Archives.
The Villanova University Archives is committed to preserving selected faculty papers, making them available for research. At the same time, it has certain obligations to guard against invasion of privacy and to protect confidentiality. Therefore every private donor has the right to impose reasonable restrictions upon his or her papers to protect confidentiality for a reasonable period of time. Restrictions on access should be for a fixed period and should be determined at the time of the donation.
The University Archives does not accept agreements that restrict access to materials for the lifetime of any person or persons, or other agreements that are difficult or impossible to administer. It encourages minimal access restrictions consistent with the legal rights of all concerned.