Hospital archives acquisition policy
The Boston Children's Hospital Archives acquires records and publications of enduring historical, legal, fiscal, administrative and research value to the hospital community. Records that reflect the hospital's functions in the areas of pediatrics, administration, teaching, research, program development, public relations, patient support, and cultural enrichment are actively collected, as are those documenting the activities and achievements of the Children's community.
Recorded data in all formats is deemed to have permanent value if it documents core components of hospital policy, strategic planning, curriculum, research, organizational structure, programming, campus life and culture, and the built environment.
The archives collects:
- Articles of incorporation, bylaws, committee files and minutes, financial information, correspondence, photographs, films, slides, audio tapes, policy and procedures manuals, patient logs and annual reports
- Official publications of the hospital and its departments, services, laboratories, programs, centers and other units;
- Publications written about the hospital or medical center;
- Personal and professional papers of selected individuals associated with the hospital (including correspondence, laboratory notebooks and unpublished essays);
- Records of selected organizations associated with the hospital or the field of pediatrics;
- Selected books written by individuals whose papers are housed in the archives; Publications written using information or images from the collections housed in the archives;
- Selected histories of hospitals, physicians, pediatric specialties, and pediatric associations;
- Oral histories of selected individuals associated with the hospital;
- Medical instruments developed by Children's physicians
Contact the Hospital Archivist to learn more about donating your inactive records or papers. Call 617-355-5286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BCH employees, please consult the CHB Document Retention and Destruction guidelines in the Compliance Manual.