Lehigh Libraries' Special Collections serves as the institutional memory of the University by preserving a variety of records, documents and other materials. When the historical records accumulate in closets, basements, attics, hallways and corners, they are inaccessible and can easily be lost/ forgotten or destroyed (deaccessioned). But, if records of permanent historical, administrative, fiscal and/or legal value are transferred in an orderly way, the University Archives can provide safe storage, quick retrieval of files when needed, and assistance with information or research requests.
In general, the Archives accepts records documenting University activities, functions, decisions, and/or policies and programs (both adopted and rejected), provided the records are not in active use by the office creating them. Desirable records include, but are not limited to: