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U-M Records Management

The Records Management Program offers support and guidance to University units, departments and offices with the goal of bringing a collaborative approach to University-wide record-keeping practices, freeing office space, and ensuring the retention of vital documents. The program offers support in a number of areas, such as:

  • on-site appraisals and records transfers to the University Archives
  • development and guidance in the deployment of digital record-keeping systems
  • records inventory and scheduling
  • planning and support in digital record-keeping implementation
  • training in the application of records management policies and best practices
The links on the left, as well as the Records Policy and Procedures Manual, provide comprehensive information about the program and policies in further detail.


Please email the Records Management Program with your questions and/or comments. We’d love to hear from you!



Aprille McKay
Assistant Director for University Archives and Records Management

Elizabeth Carron
Assistant Records Manager


The University of Michigan is a world class institution of higher learning, research and health care. Our achievements, successes and innovations can only be remembered and claimed over time if evidence of them is properly preserved. Records and information are important strategic assets of an organization and, like other organizational assets such as people and technology, they must be managed to maximize their value. If we manage our records and other information assets efficiently, we can save money, manage risk, improve productivity and contribute to the creation of new knowledge.


For the university
  • We will provide ready access to diverse materials that document the events, people, and organizations that make up the university community and allow storytelling, accountability, legal and administrative compliance and memory.
  • We will employ administrative information systems that allow information assets to be maintained or destroyed after appropriate times according to their value, thus avoiding unnecessary risk and cost.
For the University’s leaders and staff
  • We will offer clear guidance and tools to understand and meet compliance and historical documentary goals for their schools or administrative offices and increase efficiency.
  • We will provide easy access to their organization’s historical materials to support current decision-making and storytelling.
For the public and researchers
  • We will foster engagement with the university and the past through engagement with interesting, meaningful and informative archival materials.
  • We will ensure democratic accountability through the preservation of public records.
  • We will encourage efficient use of taxpayer dollars so that effort and attention is spent managing and preserving records with evidentiary and administrative value, and not on keeping unnecessary information.