The Saginaw Valley State University Archives and Special Collections mission is to collect, organize, preserve, provide access to, and promote the use of its rare and unique materials in order to support and encourage the research needs and participation in academic programs of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and other scholars outside the academic community.
The University Archives and Special Collections Access Policies are based off the ALA-SAA Joint Statement of Access: Guidelines for Access to Original Research Materials.
I. User Communities
The Archives makes its resources and services available to Saginaw Valley State University students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. Researchers using archives or manuscript collections must register with the Archives and sign a Visitor Registration Form at each visit.
II. Limitations on Access
The Archives may require researchers to use copies of records in place of originals whose physical condition or format makes them unusable.
III. Intellectual Access
The Archives facilitates the accessibility of its collections by informing researchers about their existence. This is accomplished through Web sites, finding aids, container lists, inventories, or the assistance of staff members.
IV. Physical Access
To protect and ensure the continued accessibility of its collections, all materials must be used in accordance with the regulations of the Archives.
Visiting the Archives
The University Archives contains unique and irreplaceable records of the history of Saginaw Valley State University. Because of the value and rarity of these materials, special rules for the use of the collection are needed to ensure that these items will continue to be available and in good condition.