The University Archives, housed at the Bentley Historical Library on the North Campus of the University of Michigan, are records of the university and related materials selected, preserved, and made accessible for their enduring historical and administrative value. Records are selected by the University Archives staff through a process of archival appraisal, in consultation with offices and individuals across campus. These records may be paper-based, on audio-visual media, or digital in origin; they are appraised for their content. Once transferred to the Bentley Historical Library, the records are preserved within climate-controlled conditions. They are cataloged in the University of Michigan online catalog known as MIRLYN and further described in "finding aids," which are increasingly online and accessible through this website as well as MIRLYN.
A professional staff of archivists provides a range of consultative services for the University Archives, helping to address questions concerning proper management of active records, the appraisal and transfer of inactive records, and access to specific records for administrative and historical research. Other than duplication fees, these services are provided at no cost to the university community and the general public.