University of Calgary Archives

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University of Calgary Archives

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Lisa Atkinson



Street address

520TFDL, 2500 University Drive N.W.





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T2N 1N4






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Total Volume: 2890 linear metres
Inclusive Dates: 1906 - current
Predominant Dates: 1945 - current

The University Archives houses the institutional records of the University of Calgary, records of individuals and groups associated with the university, and a growing collection of private records which reflect areas of research interest on campus. Holdings include university administrative records, including operating files, minutes, correspondence and reports. Access to some material may be restricted. Semi-official records include acquisitions from the Students' Union and the Faculty Association and from individuals such as the first principal, Dr. A.L. Doucette, and the first president, Dr. H.S. Armstrong. Yearbooks are available as well as calendars, annual reports, handbooks, newsclippings, convocation lists and commemorative programmes. The Archives also retains various newsletter publications including the very early University Report, the Gazette, and the student newspaper, the Gauntlet. Approximately 100,000 photographs have been organized and indexed. Archival copies of University of Calgary masters theses and doctoral dissertations are housed in the University Archives. The bibliography of theses and dissertations provides access by author, title, supervisor, department, subject, and geographic region. Earlier records reflect the university's origins in the Calgary Normal School. The University Archives has an incomplete set of Normal School yearbooks published under various titles as well as a handsome leather-bound manuscript chronicle prepared by the class of 1936-1937. A preliminary announcement and a calendar from 1912- 1915 document an attempt to develop a university in Calgary nearly a century ago.

Finding aids, guides and publications

A Chipewyan-English dictionary is available at: <a href=""target=NEW></a>; A database of selected images from our photo collection is available at: <a href=""target=NEW></a> ; The Honorary Degree Recipients Digital Collection is available at: <a href=""target=NEW></a>; The Order of the University of Calgary Digital Collection is available at <a href=""target=NEW></a>; The Road to Autonomy, 1905-1966, virtual exhibit is available at <a href=""target=NEW></a>; The Road to Autonomy, 1905-1966 Digital Collection is available at <a href=""target=NEW></a>; 40 Years of Autonomy, 1966-2006 Digital Collection is available at <a href=""target=NEW></a>

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Opening times

Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Closed statutory holidays and between Christmas and the New Year; Please contact the archives at least 1 business day prior to visiting Many of our collections are offsite and we require time to retrieve them from our vaults prior to clients accessing them.

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Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

520TFDL, 2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
CA T2N 1N4