Donating Materials to the Archives

Why Should I Donate?

Collections in the Archives document the history of Barnard College from its founding in 1889 to the present day. The collections in Barnard Archives and Special Collections also document the social life of the College through scrapbooks, diaries, photographs and letters by students, faculty and administrators during their time at Barnard. These collections are frequented by a variety of researchers, ranging from students, faculty, academics and administrators to fiction and non-fiction authors, filmmakers, journalists, and genealogists. 

The Archives also acquires special collections related to issues of Feminism; Women’s, Sexuality, and Gender Studies; and the history of dance.

What Should I Donate?

The Archives collects a wide variety of materials and formats. Some suggestions for possible donations are listed below; if you have materials that you think might fit in well with the Archives' collections, please contact us. For more information on our collecting policies within any of the following categories, please see our Collection Policy.


  • Letters – correspondence written and received during your Barnard years
  • Scrapbooks – may contain fliers, dance cards, snapshots and other memorabilia illustrating life at Barnard
  • Diaries written during your college years
  • Photographs of college life – activities, events and candid views of college life
  • Student organization documentation – minute books, reports, photographs, posters and event announcements
  • Class notes, syllabi, or other documentation of student life
  • Student publications
  • Audio and video recordings of events and activities – performances, speeches and lectures held at Barnard
  • Motion picture films – home movies of college life


  • Biographical material – resumes, vitae, bibliographies, and newspaper clippings
  • Correspondence with:
    • college administrators, colleagues, publishers, or students
    • personal letters to/from friends or relatives
  • Diaries, notebooks, or appointment calendars
  • Class lecture notes, syllabi, slides, and examinations
  • Publications, reviews, speeches, articles, and honors
  • Research files

Rare Items and Special Collections

The Archives is pleased to receive donations of Special Collections in the areas of feminism, women's and gender studies, and dance. The acceptance of any donations to the Archives is subject to the under the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Collections Policy and the purview of the archivists and the Dean of the Library and Academic Information Services. Areas of emphasis for special collections include, but are not limited to: 

  • The professional and personal collections of individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and/or gender equality nationally and internationally
  • The institutional records of organizations that have made significant contributions to the fields of women’s rights, transgender rights, LGBTQ rights, and/or gender equality, nationally and internationally
  • Papers, records, and published items that will support feminist scholarship
  • Additions to the Barnard Zine Library, maintained and curated by the zine librarian. The Archives and Special Collections holds preservation copies of zines, stored with other zines from the zine collection or with ephemera collections donated by zine makers.
  • The Barnard Archives and Special Collections, in coordination with the Barnard Zine Library, will also collect zine correspondence and related ephemera created and collected by zinesters that fall within the scope of the Barnard Zine Library’s collection development policy.

How Do I Donate?

Donors are encouraged to contact the Archives regarding donations of collections. We are happy to work with the donor to determine what records or documents within their collection have historical value.

Please contact the Archives to discuss donations or for further information:
Telephone: 212-854-4079

Barnard Archives and Special Collections
423 Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL)
3009 Broadway New York, NY 10027-6598