About OMHA: Collection Development Policy

Collection Development Policy

General Purpose:

The Institutional Archives of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts, was established in 2006 to collect, preserve, maintain, and make available for scholarly research, materials documenting the history of the institution and its place within the larger context of the history of medicine and health care in the region, the state, the nation, and the international community.

To accomplish this mission, the Lamar Soutter Library's Office of Medical History and Archives is empowered to comprehensively collect departmental and institutional records that will contribute to the understanding of the history and development of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as to acquire oral histories, relevant papers and artifacts of those who were, and continue to be, an important part of its community. Such organizations, departments, and individuals include, but are not limited to, the medical school and the UMMS Hospital administrations, faculty, students, alumnae, and staff of the School of Medicine (SOM), the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN), UMMS affiliates such as Commonwealth Medicine, as well as local and state officials and any other individuals, who have played a significant role in the life of the institution.

Scope of the Collection:

The following are examples of the kinds of documents to be collected:

  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Agendas
  • Narrative reports
  • Catalogues
  • Ephemeral publications
  • Scientific and technical reports
  • Financial records
  • Personnel and student records
  • News clippings
  • Selected research project materials (staff, notebooks, reports, slides, etc.)
  • Personal papers of selected administrators, researchers, clinicians, and members of the community
  • Scrapbooks
  • Architectural plans
  • Oral histories
  • Tapes, CDs, DVDs, and other AV materials
  • Photographs

Such documents may be generated by the central administration of the University of Massachusetts system, UMMS, UMMS Hospital, the GSBS, and GSN, and, more selectively, by individual academic and non-academic departments and researchers of significance and from state and local individuals whose papers reflect a relationship to UMMS.