The PCOM Archives collects, preserves and interprets documents, photographs, manuscripts, institutional records, memorabilia and artifacts which document and reveal the history of the College and to a lesser extent, that of the osteopathic profession. The Archives provides a secure, central holding for these materials to make them available to staff, faculty, alumni, students and other qualified researchers. Inherent in the Archives’ mission is a proactive plan to collect and preserve materials that will document the future history of the institution. Several key departments will be contacted regularly to solicit new materials. Those departments include the President’s Office, Alumni Relations & Development, Marketing & Communications and Student Affairs.
As a repository for historical materials pertaining to the College, the Archives supports the mission of other departments including, but not limited to, Alumni Relations & Development, Marketing & Communications and the President’s Office. The Archives supports these other departments by providing historical materials for publications, programs, events or other purposes geared toward promoting an awareness and appreciation of the institution’s unique history.
The Archives also supports an exhibit program for display cases and other designated areas throughout the College. To this end, the collection includes objects that may help illustrate or enrich various topics about PCOM’s history.
The PCOM Archives, established in January 1996 in preparation of the institution’s Centennial celebration, is a permanent branch of the College’s O.J. Snyder Memorial Library. Through its historical collections, the Archives chronicles and preserves PCOM’s past. Through implementation of this collections policy, the Archives also plans for the ongoing documentation for the College for the sake of its unique history and celebration thereof in the future. This is to be accomplished through a systematic program of archives maintenance and acquisitions that support the Mission Statement of the Archives and enrich the quality for its educational holdings.
Consistent with its mission to document the continuing history of PCOM, the Archives actively seeks to acquire photographs, documents, publications, records, memorabilia and other items that reveal the continuing history of the College. While this Collection Policy outlines many specific items to be accessioned routinely, it is not meant to be limiting. Rather, the list should be used to help department heads and other individuals identify additional materials of archival value to the institution that may exist now or in the future.
All department heads will be notified of these policies to facilitate the regular routing of archival materials from their respective departments. Such documents as noted above will be forwarded to the Librarian/Archivist who will then organize, accession, and record in a computer database information about the documents. The materials themselves will be kept in archivally stable files and containers.
When materials are offered to the Archives or delivered without notice, the Librarian/Archivist will determine whether they fall within the scope of the collection and Mission of the Archives. Materials which are clearly outside the scope of the Mission will be (a) refused (b) returned to senders if possible and (c) destroyed if not. Donors will fill out a Deed of Gift form which is a formal, legal, agreement that transfers ownership of, and legal rights in, the materials to be donated.
This Collection Policy is a living document providing a strong guide to those items the College collects. If an opportunity arises to acquire pertinent, unique and valuable items, documents, photos or collections which are a part of the PCOM institutional story, all due considerations must be given to accommodating such an acquisition. The Librarian/Archivist will evaluate potential gifts for their relevance to the collections; their research, scientific, educational, intrinsic or historical importance; their physical condition; their support of the in-house exhibit program; and their impact on the Archives’ operation. If the Librarian/Archivist is unable to determine whether such a bequest is acceptable, she/he will submit the proposal to an Archives Committee which will decide the matter.
The PCOM Archives are available for research purposes to all PCOM students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as other qualified researchers. The Archives encourages maximum use of its collections by PCOM and the larger medical and/or public community by making loans which are consistent with the long-term conservation and preservation of the collection and with PCOM’s own needs for exhibit and research purposes. A record of all such loans will be kept on file in the Archives.
Collection loans will only be made to institutions for educational and scholarly purposes. Collections will not be loaned to individuals outside PCOM. All such loans will be for a specified time.