Archives Collection Development Policy

The Archives and Special Collections collection development policy is essentially a planning tool formulated to guide the archivist staff in making informed decisions on potential accessions. The collections development policy is, therefore, an essential component of the appraisal process through which materials are added to the collection. Equally important, the guidelines it provides insure an appropriate balance between the department's resources and its commitments.

In terms of general criteria, the Archives collects in areas that:

  • Extend the Archives’ research strengths, interests, and needs in a logical and rational manner 
  • Support the Archives’ existing collections
  • Support the Virginia Theological Seminary’s curriculum and the research interests of its students and faculty
  • Anticipate future research needs
  • Show a high ratio of use to volume and processing costs
  • Complement rather than compete with the collecting priorities of other regional special collections or denominational repositories
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