Mandates/Sources of authority
The mandate of Brock University’s Special Collections and Archives is to collect, preserve, display and provide access to records that fulfill the collection needs identified in the following groups: Brock University Archives, Special Collections, Private Archives (Niagara themed), and Autism.
The Niagara Collection – Comprised mainly of primary documents and secondary sources from any time period that chronicle the natural and human history of the Niagara Peninsula and its surroundings.
The main objectives of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Collection are to preserve the unique, at risk and vital materials on this subject. Currently, there are five major categories for collection.
Private records – This category is comprised mainly of primary that chronicle the daily lives of individuals who live with ASD or work with those with ASD.
Businesses and Organizations – This subject area focuses on the records of larger organizations whose mandate or purpose is principally to research, advocate for, or support people with ASD.
ASD in Popular Culture – In instances where the subject of ASD is part of an artistic work such as a television show, film, play, book, or documentary, the records of the creator(s) of these works may be acquired with particular interest in any materials involving ASD.
Scientific Research – This category encompasses records that document the study, experimentation and findings of scientific research involving ASD.
Historic and Rare secondary source materials – The Special Collections and Archives will also consider the retention of published works or collections about or including ASD that are considered historic, unique or rare.
The Brock University Collection – Comprised of records that are of significant administrative, fiscal and historical value to the institution. These records must be past their active and semi-active lives and should primarily document the functions, policies and decisions of the University.