Records with archival value should be transferred to the Archives when they are no longer needed by the department or office of origin. The KPU Directory of Records and Retention Schedule identifies records with Archival value. These should be transferred to the Archives.
(Note: for non-archival records, offsite storage is available).
Before sending documents to the Archives, please contact Denise Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the nature of the records and if use of the records will be open, restricted, require the permission of the office of origin, or if the records must remain sealed for a specific period of time. Access to records may be restricted in accordance with applicable legislation including the B.C. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Please don't send...
The Directory of Records and Retention Schedule can also help identify documents that should not be sent to the Archives.
When creating any record, please record a date on it! It is surprising how often records, including important reports, do not include a date. At the very least, please provide a year.
Staples, paper clips and rubber bands should always be removed from documents. Moisture and humidity can cause metal paper clips and staples to corrode leaving rust stains on paper. Over time rubber bands degrade, become brittle, and sometimes stick to papers making removal difficult and leaving marks.
If you want to learn more, please take a look at the following excellent resources:
Removal of Damaging Fasteners from Historical Documents from the Northeast Document Center
Preparation of Records - A good, visual resource from the UK National Government National Archives: