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What We Collect

The MUSC University Archives encourages members of the MUSC community to play an active role in preserving the institution's history by transferring to the Archives office records of permanent historical value or by donating personal papers reflective of one's tenure with the university.
Archives staff work closely with depositors to identify materials suitable for transfer. In general, records generated by core university activities are most likely to be of long-term archival value. For example, administrative records from the Office of the President and Deans of the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Health Professions, and Graduate Studies. Records of administrative and organizational changes, curriculum activities, policy and procedural developments, media and publicity activities, and more are highly desirable for long-term retention. The format of these records may include printed material, correspondence, machine-readable files, record books, minutes, committee files, financial records, and associated papers.

The MUSC University Archives may also collect non-official records that preserve the history of the university on a case-by-case basis.

The MUSC University Archives acquires its holdings from university departments, faculty, staff, students, and alumni that document the education and research of the MUSC community, its goals, objectives, programs, and people. These records are acquired according to the South Carolina general records retention schedule for state colleges and universities. All records generated or received by MUSC's administrative and academic departments in the conduct of business, regardless of the form in which they are created and maintained, are the property of the University and are subject to this schedule.

Records Management

The Archives works in conjunction with the University's Records Management Program to ensure the lawful preservation of all records of the university and its colleges and departments. Inactive records that have ongoing administrative value need to be transferred to the University Records Center for storage. For more information visit URC's web site or call 843-554-4103.

What are permanent records?

Permanent records are records of long-term historical, or research value which are retained permanently in an office or in the Archives after a period of active use (also called archival records). Once their office retention period has expired, records designated as "Permanent" in the records schedule may be considered for transfer to the Archives.

For more information about records considered permanent: UA Permanent Records Sheet

Contact Information

The Archives is located on the third floor of the Colbert Education Center and Library and is open to researchers Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is advised that interested users contact the archives to schedule an appointment.

Questions may be addressed to the University Archivist, Brooke Fox, at 843-792-6477 or via email at