The Archives Committee preserves the institutional history of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) by accepting, storing, and providing access to the documentary records of the Society. Space is generously provided for this by the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA). The SPNHC archives document the founding, history, and activities of the Society from its beginning to the present, excluding those records currently in use. The archives are available to scholars and SPNHC members, usually through requests made to the Archives Committee chair. There are restrictions on some material as decided by the SPNHC Council.