September 1, 1989
To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Directors of programs, Institutes,
Centers, Department Chairpersons, and Officers of University Organizations
From: Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin, O.S.A.
Re: Transmitting Records and Publications to the Villanova University
Reports arising from the Program Evaluation process at Villanova have
addressed the importance of maintaining comprehensive institutional archives.
Until recently little attention has been paid to the development of a collection
that reflects Villanova's history. The lack of an effective archival program
means a loss to our institution – a loss which will be most felt at some future
time. It is therefore imperative that our records be periodically reviewed to
determine their historical value and that records of permanent value to the
University reach a central department for processing, organization, and
In its final (March 1988) report, Villanova's Program Evaluation Committee
recommend that "an official statement be issued from the President's office,
indicating the importance of preserving university documents in a central
location and requesting that all pertinent information be forwarded to the
Archivist." In a memorandum of October 6, 1987, my predecessor, Rev. John M.
Driscoll, asked for your assistance in ensuring that such a recommendation be
implemented, attaching to that directive a "Statement of Authorization for
Archival Collection and Preservation of University Records." I strongly endorse
this same recommendation by reaffirming that Statement of Authorization.
Further, I am distributing, for your use, a copy of the HANDBOOK FOR ARCHIVAL
COLLECTION AND PRESERVATION OF UNIVERSITY RECORDS. This document has been
developed in an effort to delineate procedures for increasing efficiency in
handling and preserving University records. Careful adherence to HANDBOOK
procedures should ensure that records of permanent value are retained and
eventually transferred to the Archives while records of non-permanent value are
periodically discarded. It is my intention that each are of the University
process its records in keeping with HANDBOOK procedures in order to ensure the
success of this vital long-term endeavor. At various administrative levels, a
single individual should be designated as "Record Liaison" for the functional
unit. This person will be the point of contact between the administrative unit
and the University Archives for the purpose of organizing and preparing records
for transfer to the Archives.
I ask for your cooperation in this important institutional task.
Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin, O.S.A.