The Harper College Archives exists to identify, preserve, and make available those materials of enduring value, which document the development, growth, and functioning of Harper College. This mission is carried out by:
These are among the more notable collections within the Archives:
Archives operate on different principles from libraries. Libraries have open stacks that can be searched by patrons, and each item has a call number that determines where the item is shelved. On the other hand, archival stacks are off limits to patrons, and materials in the archives are arranged hierarchically based on the office of creation. Records from one office are not intermixed with another, even if the records they produce discuss the same topics.
In order to view archival materials, patrons must request them from the archivist or any available staff, who will then retrieve the documents. Patrons are limited to viewing archival documents on the second floor of the library, near the reference desk to ensure the security of the collection from potential theft.
Patrons may request the use of archival materials either in person, or by phone.