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Donating Your Materials to the Carnegie Mellon University Archives

Materials Not Collected

Generally, we do not collect

  • materials unrelated to the university or outside of our scope
  • materials that are duplicative of items already in our collections
  • secondary or published material unrelated to Carnegie Mellon
  • plaques and trophies will little informational value
  • materials on deposit
  • rare books (for rare books, please get in touch with CMU Special Collections)
  • student files including transcripts, grades and degrees
  • items that contain excessive or irreparable mold or similar damage
  • reappointment/tenure files
  • art (paintings, sculpture, etc.)
  • textbooks


If we decline a donation, we will do our best to help you identify another home for the material.


When in doubt, please do not throw it out!