The Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) supports the teaching and research mission of Tufts University by ensuring the enduring preservation and accessibility of the university’s permanently valuable records and collections. The DCA assists departments, faculty, and staff in managing records and other assets. The DCA collaborates with members of the Tufts community and others to develop tools to discover and access collections to support teaching, research, and administrative needs.
These values motivate and inform our decisions regarding collections, services, and staff:
Global intellectual capital: Our records and collections have cultural, academic, and administrative value at Tufts and beyond.
Stewardship: We take responsibility for the preservation of the records and collections in our care.
Preservation: Records and collections only have value if they are authentic and accessible.
We strive to:
- provide long-term access in a user-centered way to managed, permanently valuable resources;
- systematically document the activities of the institution;
- assist the institution in the appropriate and reliable management of its records and other intellectual assets;
- provide long-term maintenance of all resources on behalf of their depositors and for the benefit of current and future users;
- carry out our long-term responsibilities to depositors and users openly and explicitly;
- design systems in accordance with commonly accepted conventions and standards to ensure ongoing management, access, and security;
- document policies, practices, and activities so that they can be audited and measured;
- build collections that are freely accessible and available to all who wish to use them within the limits of privacy and confidentiality.