The Archives and Records Management Program (ARM) supports all phases of the records lifecycle:

Before records creation, ARM can help with identifying vital records and establishing file structures.

During a record's active life, ARM can consult with offices to:

  • better organize records in both electronic and print formats
  • suggest improvements to filing schemes
  • provide advice on formatting and records preservation
  • train employees to better manage records
  • conduct records appraisal and scheduling

At the end of a record's active life
ARM assists with:

Using the Harvard Depository

Some records become inactive before eligibility for destruction or transfer to the Archives. Send inactive records needing retention for a year or more to the Harvard Depository:

  • a special records warehouse located in Southborough
  • serves the storage and retrieval needs of Harvard's libraries, archives, and administrative offices

Destroying Records

Do not destroy or otherwise dispose of University records without the authority of:

ARM Form

Document Type

Form Description and/or Instructions

In-Office Destruction Documentation Form

Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

Used to document in-office destruction of records whose retention period has expired.

Archiving Records

Harvard University requires the transfer of certain University records of historical significance and permanent value to the Archives. The Center for the History of Medicine catalogs, preserves, and provides access to authorized users.

Once their retention period has expired, offices transfer "permanent" records to the Archives. The Archives preserves records documenting the education, research, and patient care missions of the medical school community, its goals, objectives, programs, and people. These include:

  • Policy development records
  • Maps and plans of buildings and property
  • Special project and event records, including photographs and videotapes
  • Records relating to faculty or students
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Research project records

ARM Form

Document Type

Form Description and/or Instructions

Archival Transfer Checklist

Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

Checklist for departments to use when sending permanent records to the Archives

Archival Folder List

MS Excel (.xlsx)

A detailed listing of the contents of the boxes you are sending to the Archives. Please email arm@hms.harvard.edu to obtain the file.

Contact ARM by email or phone 617-432-6194 for more information or records management help.