Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of donating my records to SFU Archives?

Your records will become a valuable research resource to the faculty, students, and staff of SFU as well as members of the general public. A decision to donate records to us means the documented memory of the life and career of an individual or the history and operations of an organization will be preserved for the use and benefit of future generations.

Donated records are not only used by researchers to understand the past, but are often creatively repurposed in ways unimaginable to the creators of the records. For example, photographs of student protests on campus in the 1960s have been included in world-class art installations; the records of feminist collectives in the 1960s and 1970s have been used by modern day students of gender, sexuality, and women's studies; and personal correspondence written by a professor to her parents during the early years of SFU's existence has been mined for details on the challenges and trials facing a fledging institution of higher learning and the overall tenor of the time.

In addition to the above benefits, your records will be:

  • Arranged and described by an archivist according to professional best practices and standards.
  • Re-housed in acid-free file folders and containers (if paper-based) to better preserve them. Migrated (i.e. copied) to recognized preservation formats if the records are in electronic form.
  • Stored in environmentally controlled vaults or managed on secure university servers.
  • Communicated to the university community and the general public through institutional, provincial, and national descriptive databases.
  • Accessed by our users in our monitored reading room.