In recent years articles have celebrated the growth and quality of college and university archives, so much so that a session at the 1982 annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists focused on whether higher education was documented out of proportion to other aspects of American life. As part of an ongoing discussion of this topic it would be instructive to investigate the distribution of academic archives and to explore ways colleges and universities without archives can better care for their records. Throughout this discussion it is important to remember that college and university archives are not established to provide documentation on the subject of higher education; they are established to care for the records of their institutions. That these records also provide information on the history of higher education is an additional benefit, not the archives' primary goal.



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