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University Archives Mission

The Robert D. Farber University Archives serves as the central repository for information and records created by, for, and about Brandeis University. Its mission is to identify, collect, preserve, and make available permanent records of historical, legal, fiscal, administrative, and research value to the Brandeis community and to provide a useful information service to its members and the general public. Through its research, service-related, and outreach activities, the Archives seeks to advance the educational and research aims of Brandeis University and to promote knowledge and understanding of its origins, goals, strategic plans, programs, and culture.

To achieve its mission, the Robert D. Farber University Archives recognizes a two-fold responsibility. It has a primary responsibility to collect, appraise, arrange, describe, preserve, and provide access to recorded data in all formats produced as part of the official business of the University. Therefore, the Archives actively collects materials that reflect all aspects of the University's functions in the areas of administration, teaching, research, program development, public relations, student support, and cultural enrichment, as well as the activities and achievements of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Secondly, the Archives serves academic research and scholarship by publicizing the content, value, and potential uses of its archival collections to the University and larger research communities. Through classroom education, public exhibitions, and community outreach, the Archives promotes the importance of its collections in documenting, and facilitating research of, the unique history and mission of Brandeis University, and the scholarship of its faculty and student body.