The job of the Princeton University Archives is to keep in perpetuity the University records that should be kept, and the University Records Manager, Anne Marie Phillips, helps to identify them. She also helps offices determine how long non-permanent records must be kept before they can be destroyed.
With the University’s first financial records retention schedule coming online, she identified almost 300 boxes of journal vouchers and check registers from the 1950s and 1960s held within the Archives that should have been destroyed long ago.
These records filled 21 bins (see above photo) and weighed over 6,000 pounds. Now that shelf space can be used for permanent records that the Archives will keep for as long as there is a Princeton.