Through effective records management, the archives staff ensure that University records of continuing legal, administrative and historical value will be preserved and made accessible to all who need them, and that unnecessary records will undergo systematic and responsible disposal. 
 
University records are the records created in the course of official activities of University officers and offices. These records are the property of Wichita State University. They do not include, for example, such materials as personal correspondence unrelated to University business, personal research, lecture notes or records pertaining to personal membership in or work done for professional associations. 
 
Many types of records common to all offices are described in the following documents:
 
The linked documents provide guidance advice on what to keep, how long to keep it, and when, to throw it away or to send it to the University Archives. Always check departmental policies for longer retention requirements. Once records are in the University Archives, information about them may be available in the library catalog and in the University Archives section of this website.