I got this e-mail from Kelly:
What is the business standard for the length of time to keep meeting minutes?
Thanks for your question, Kelly. You didn’t specify what type of minutes you need to keep. How long you retain meeting minutes will depend on the type of meetings you are referring to. Most record retention schedules I’ve seen have recommended keeping board meeting minutes permanently. Those are the only meeting minutes that are referred to in most retention schedules.
For other types of high level meeting minutes, such as executive management meetings and the like, you will probably want to get a recommendation from your legal department as to how long they should be kept. For departmental level meetings, I would suggest the current calendar year plus 2-5 years, just to have an historical background for procedural purposes.