The goals of the Section on University Archives and Research Institution Archives are:
- To promote professional and scholarly co-operation and communication between archives and archivists of universities, colleges, academies of science and letters, learned societies and research institutions.
- To gather, disseminate and exchange information relating to the creation and administration of such archives.
- To assist the development and strengthening of such archives through symposia, publications and the exchange of information.
The SUV has a very active program with particular emphasis on annual “seminars” or conferences; which bring together archivists from throughout the world to examine current pressing issues in academic archival administration. The conferences not only address current issues but offer a means for all to have their assumptions about the core conditions of archives challenged as they learn how other archivists have had to develop and maintain an archival mission with rather different mandates and clienteles than their own. The SUV aids in communication among archivists with similar tasks and responsibilities and helps to bring archivists together to work on mutual problems and possibilities related to the documentation of universities, colleges, academies of science and letters, learned societies and research institutions.
The section’s business is conducted by a Section Bureau committee consisting of twelve members including the Section’s Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and up to nine regular members. All are elected from the members of the Section for four-year staggered terms, with elections being held every second year.
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