St. Olaf College Archives Collection Scope

St. Olaf College Archives Collection Scope

Effective Date: 08-01-2019
Issuing Authority: Chief Information Officer, Libraries and IT
Program Coordinator: Lead Archivist
Last Updated: 08-01-2019

Purpose of Policy

The purpose of this policy is to define the extent and range of the St. Olaf College Archives’ collection.


The College Archives collects materials relating to the history and culture of St. Olaf College that have
long-term, indefinite administrative, legal, fiscal, or historical value. The majority of these records are
created or collected by the St. Olaf College administrative and academic departments in their work
administering and managing the college and campus. Other key records are generated by faculty,
student, and alumni organizations, committees, and groups. Finally, the Archives collects the personal
papers of St. Olaf College faculty, staff, and alumni, and on a selective basis, materials that document
the College’s relationship with Northfield, the surrounding counties and communities, the Lutheran
Church, and the Norwegian-American community.