The Institute for Regional Studies Archives and the NDSU University Archives have complementary but slightly different collecting focuses. Both support the research needs of the undergraduate, graduate students, faculty and other scholars at North Dakota State University and beyond. In addition the University Archives serves as a major historical information source for campus offices.
Institute for Regional Studies Archives Mission In fostering understanding of regional life through research, the mission of the Institute for Regional Studies Archives is to identify, collect and preserve the historical resources of the region that have lasting value, and to promote the use of these materials by the North Dakota State University community, scholars and the public. Its goal is to provide a research experience for students in the use of primary sources, to advance scholarship and to further the instructional, research and public service missions of the university.
NDSU University Archives Mission The University Archives' mission is to appraise, collect, preserve, arrange, describe and make available important historical, legal, fiscal, administrative, and social records of the university.
Collecting Areas The Institute for Regional Studies Archives actively seeks out collections in all formats that enhance its holdings on the history of North Dakota and its people. The University Archives focuses on the non-current records of the university that have been determined to have archival value. This includes the NDSU Agricultural Experiment Station and NDSU Extension Service. The Institute for Regional Studies Archives' Collection Development Policy outlines what records are accepted by the Institute—a guide to both potential donors to the Institute and the archives staff.