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Archives & Special Collections - Archives and Special Collections

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Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections provides access to over five linear kilometres of archival records, including theses, yearbooks, campus newspapers and the private archives of influential Canadians. The collections include rare book holdings, significant literary, historical, musical and cultural archives, collections of popular and science fiction, rare works on the Arctic, the largest collection of Canadian architectural drawings and records in the country, and the corporate records of the University of Calgary. From comic books to the EMI Music Canada Archive to the Canadian Architectural Archives to the papers of Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro, the holdings in Archives and Special Collections attract researchers from around the world.

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Archives by the numbers

Total Staff: 24

Archival Repositories: 4

Books: 105,000

Cultural heritage materials for today and the future

We connect learners, readers, scholars, and members of the public to a rich collection of rare and archival materials that tell the human story.

'Canadian Architectural Archives'

Canadian Architectural Archives

The story of Canadian architecture as told through the archives of Canadian architects and architecture firms.
'Glenbow Library and Archives'

Glenbow Library and Archives

Documents the human and natural history of Southern Alberta. It includes historic documents from many of the major energy companies in Western Canada.
'Library and Archives at the Military Museums'

Library and Archives at the Military Museums

Book and archival collections document the history of Canadian participation in the military, and provide extensive primary source materials on world conflicts.
'Special Collections'

Special Collections

The archives of Canadians who have made their mark as poets, short story writers, novelists, playwrights, mathematicians, composers, musicologists, media figures, record producers, publishers, politicians, historians and more.
'University Archives'

University Archives

The official record of the University of Calgary’s history, and the management of campus information and records.

Historical photographic processes

Historical photographic processes

First Nations people in canoes near Edmonton, Alberta, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1920.  Lantern slide, blac ...

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Nellie McClung and the Glenbow Library

Nellie McClung and the Glenbow Library

Two books inscribed and signed by author and activist Nellie McClung. Dave Brown photo.     In the 1930s, the author and activist Nellie McClung ...

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Serving researchers in challenging times

Serving researchers in challenging times

Telephone operators wearing masks, High River, Alberta. Glenbow Library and Archives, UCalgary: NA-3452-2.   In the six months since COVID-19 for ...

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