Access to Collections

The Drexel University Archives makes every effort to promote open and equitable access to its services and the records in its care without discrimination or preferential treatment. Access to records is managed in accordance with legal requirements and institutional policies. Due to the sensitive nature of some material, the Archives staff reserves the right to keep portions of the Archives collection closed to researchers.

  • Student and personnel records are closed to researchers for 80 years after their creation, in order to protect the privacy of living individuals.
  • Records other than personnel and student records are open to researchers with the exception of records that have been closed through a special arrangement between the records creator/owner and the Archives.
  • Records without an agreed-upon period of closure will be made available at the discretion of the Archives staff.

Donor Guidelines

We encourage donors to make their material open for use, but may suggest clearly stated restrictions of limited duration to protect privacy.  Archives staff perform their responsibilities in accordance with statutory authorizations and institutional policies. If you have material that you believe contains sensitive information please discuss options regarding the restriction of records with the Archives staff before transferring the material to the Archives.

Ethical Standards

The Drexel University Archives adheres to the Society of American Archivists' Code of Ethics. Please contact the Archives at (215) 895-6706 or archives@drexel.edu with any questions related to access policies and procedures.