Education and Training

University Archives & Historical Collections staff provide training on and workshops for records retention and management at MSU. Current offerings are shown below. If a course is not being currently offered, we recommend reviewing the reference documents and additional resources on this page or contacting the University Archives to schedule a free consultation or class with the Records Manager.


The UAHC staff hosts workshops as part of PDS on records-related issues. Listed below are our current offerings.

Records Management and Retention at MSU

November 8, 2017, 2:30-4:30pm

Nisbet, Room 10

Unsure which business records to keep and for how long? This two hour course provides an introduction to the regulations, strategies, and best practices for managing your unit’s records.

Register online through EBS and Professional Development Services at

New and Improved: The Human Resources Records Retention Schedule

March 22, 3:30-5:00PM

Hubbard Hall, Room G029

The University Archives is proud to announce the completed revision of the Human Resources Records Retention Schedule! Last updated in the 1990s, this revised schedule represents a major change to university's records retention policies. This presentation will provide an in-depth look at the revised Human Resources Records Retention Schedule, including an introduction to records management practices at the university, an explanation of the new schedule format, identification of retention periods for commonly used HR records, and guidance on how to use the new schedule in your office or department.

This will be presented as part of an upcoming IT Services ADUC program on March 22. For more information on ADUC, please visit here.

Reference Documents

The following documents have been created by the UAHC to aid units in managing their records and as a supplement to the workshops and tutorials.

Records Management Presentations


Electronic File Management

Drawing upon surveys and in-depth interviews conducted as part of the NHPRC Managing the Digital University Desktop Project, the following sections list some of the most frequently voiced concerns regarding electronic file management. The responses to these questions are based upon university policies and generally accepted industry standards for records management.

E-mail Management

While e-mail has become an increasingly important part of the daily work routine, few individuals have received instruction on how to actually manage e-mail messages. The following document provides some preliminary guidelines for managing your MSU email.


Additional video tutorials are available here.




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