Personal Papers Definition

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Personal papers are documentary materials (in any media) of a private or nonpublic nature that do not relate to or have an effect upon the conduct of Laboratory business. Personal papers are, for the purpose of Laboratory business, a form of non-records. They should be clearly identified as "nonofficial" and kept separate from official Laboratory records. Some examples of personal papers are:

  • Papers created before entering Laboratory service
  • Private materials brought into, created, or received in the office that were not created or received in the course of transacting Laboratory business
  • Diaries, journals, personal correspondence, or other personal notes that are not prepared or used for transacting Laboratory business
  • Materials relating solely to an individual's private affairs, such as outside business activities, professional affiliations, political associations, or community service activities