Special Collections and Archives provides records management services to Auburn University departments, schools, and offices. Working with the records generators and staff members who are responsible for maintaining such records, we help determine what happens to records when they are no longer current.
Many university records fall under the retention and disposal guidelines established by the State Records Commission. An electronic version of this document is available at www.lib.auburn.edu/archive/records_schedule.htm.
The retention and disposal guidelines apply to university records in all formats, including electronic documents, microfilmed, or digitized images of paper-based material. Digitizing permanent records and discarding the originals requires adherence to guidelines established by the State Records Commission. Contact for further information.
Below are downloadable forms for use in managing your office records. Please use them according to the instructions provided. Destroying university records requires the prior approval of Special Collections & Archives.
- Read these instructions and contact before transmitting any records.
- Records scheduled for permanent retention will be housed in Special Collections and Archives. The department does not accept non-permanent records. The retention period for records must be determined prior to transfer.
- Complete the Records Transmittal Form. Make additional copies as needed.
- List records by box number and by folder title. Place a copy of your completed forms in Box # 1 and keep a copy for your department's active files.
- Make sure that reviews your forms prior to transferring materials. Fax: 844-1704.
- Place your files in archival containers (12"x15"x10") available from the Bookstore.
- Mark the outside of each box with your unit or departmental name. Number the boxes thus: 1 of 15, 2 of 15, and so on.
- Request that Facilities transfer your records to Special Collections and Archives, which is located on the ground floor of the Draughon Library.
- When requesting access to your office records, please refer to the box number and folder title(s) listed on your transmittal form.
- Consult the retention and disposal guidelines established by the state of Alabama to complete this form: www.lib.auburn.edu/archive/records_schedule.htm.
- Match the records you propose to destroy with the appropriate description in the retention and disposal guidelines.
- Select the appropriate "Record Title" from the retention and disposal guidelines.
- Select the appropriate "Retention Period" from the retention and disposal guidelines.
- The retention and disposal guidelines apply only to the record copy of a document. You can destroy duplicate copies when they outlive their usefulness to your department.
- Estimate the volume of material you propose to destroy in cubic feet.
- Complete this form through the "Departmental Signature" and send it to for approval. Fax: 844-1704.
- Do not destroy records until the form has been returned to you with the "Special Collections and Archives Signature" line complete.
Auburn University generates records that contain information that could be misused. Some examples are personnel records, student records, unused athletic tickets, financial records, and health records. Shredding of university records is available through the Facilities Division. The shredded paper will be recycled.
Prepare the form Certificate of Records Destruction in accordance with the instructions printed on the form.
The shredding vendor will visit 2-3 times per year (subject to change based on demand). The Auburn University Solid Waste/Recycling Manager will issue a notice when a shedding date is scheduled. Records generators will be invited to deliver boxes of confidential materials at the time and date specified. If transportation help is needed, contact the Facilities Division Help Desk (4-4357).
If quantities of paper exceed 50 boxes or if on-location records destruction service is required, contact the Auburn University Solid Waste/Recycling Manager (4-9430). The vendor can locate this shredding equipment next to a building and perform this service at extra charge. The containers of paper must be moved to the parking lot floor of the building within approximately 50 feet of where the document destruction vehicle must park.
Remove large binder clips (1 inch wide or greater) and 3-ring binders.
The generator's department will be billed for document destruction services based on cubic feet or number of boxes destroyed. Call the Solid Waste Coordinator (4-9430) for an estimate of costs.