SOAR Assessment Criteria

Archives staff evaluates all submissions to the Scholarly Online Access Repository (SOAR) based on their fit within its collection policies and areas of interest; the ability of the Archives to preserve and maintain the material; and impediments to providing access, including copyright restrictions, file encryption, and media or format obsolescence. Please contact Archives staff if you have any questions.

Collection Policies


The Archives uses the Scholarly Online Access Repository (SOAR) to collect born-digital and analog-to-digital conversions of materials that document the day-to-day activities of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

Areas of interest

  • Academic, administrative, and operational units, especially department-level records
  • Faculty papers
  • Facilities records, including planning and design
  • Student organizations

In addition, the Archives is also interested in acquiring items that convey the activities of individuals and organizations in north and northwest Georgia.

Areas of interest

  • Individuals and organizations representing communities of color and their issues
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities and organizations
  • Local politicians and political organizations
  • Local arts and cultural organizations
  • Individuals and organizations working with women and women's issues


The Archives does not accept the following materials:

  • The Kennesaw State University Archives respects the collecting areas of peer institutions and does not duplicate those areas of interest
  • Items that are mass-produced or readily available from other sources
  • Works of art
  • Items with unclear intellectual property rights
  • Loans or items on long-term deposit