Donating Materials to the Archives

Why Should I Donate?

Your history is important. When you donate your documents to the Barnard Archives, your records become a part of Barnard College’s collective memory. The Barnard Archives’ mission is to preserve and make accessible the histories Barnard’s campus and the history of feminism to  researchers, ranging from students, faculty, academics and administrators to fiction and non-fiction authors, filmmakers, journalists, family members, and genealogists. The Archives are especially interested in collecting materials that document the lives of historically marginalized students and alums, including but not exclusive to Black, Indigenous, and students/alums of color; LGBTQ students/alums; and disabled students/alums.

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, including digital records. 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. 


  • Letters – correspondence you have written and/or received that document your life
  • Scrapbooks – containing fliers, clippings, cards, snapshots, momentos and other memorabilia 
  • Diaries and journals – written at any time in your life, from childhood to present
  • Photographs and motion picture films – activities, events and candid views of your 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 – particularly performances, speeches and lectures held at Barnard


  • 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

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 contributions to the fields of women’s rights, transgender rights, LGBTQIA rights, and/or gender equality nationally and internationally
  • The institutional records of organizations that have made contributions to the fields of women’s rights, transgender rights, LGBTQIA 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 would fit within our collections. When you are ready to donate, you will be asked to sign a donation agreement which formally signifies that the documents will become the physical property of Barnard College. You will retain any intellectual property that you own within the records. Please contact the Archives to discuss donations or for further information.

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

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