Transfer digital records

University departments and private donors can transfer digital records to the Archives. Use SFU MoveIt to package the materials for transfer and SFU Vault to deposit the transfer folder with Archives.

Quick reference

  1. Contact the Archives ( to request a deposit folder on SFU Vault. If you will be regularly making transfers in the future, request a Digital Transfer Account (online request form); on approval, the Archives will give you an ongoing share to the deposit folder.
  2. Download the latest version of SFU MoveIt, the Archives' file packaging utility; read the Transfer Procedures for more information about how to use the application.
  3. Identify records that are ready for transfer: university records must be covered by a Records Retention Schedule and Disposal Authority (RRSDA) that provides for archival transfer; non-university records must be covered by an existing donation agreement.
  4. Use SFU MoveIt to package your digital records and create a transfer package for deposit.
  5. Upload the transfer package to your deposit folder on SFU Vault.
  6. An archivist will review and validate the transfer and notify you by email when the deposit has been finalized; retain the Transfer Completed Notice for your records.
  7. On receipt of the Transfer Completed Notice you should delete the records that you deposited. Deletion ensures that you will not unintentionally re-send the same records at a later date, are in compliance with the applicable RRSDA, and minimize the risk of unauthorized access, use or disclosure of personal or confidential information contained in the records.
  8. The Transfer Completed Notice includes a list of all files included in the transfer and the Accession Number assigned to it. Refer to this when requesting access to files previously transferred. The Archives will need to know the name of the file and the transfer Accession Number. 


Digital Transfer Account Request Form

SFU MoveIt desktop packaging app

Detailed transfer procedures

Other resources