Gifts and Donations

Archives and Special Collections acquires, preserves, arranges, describes, catalogues, and provides access to rare and unique materials that support curricula and research at the University of Calgary, as well as material that documents the History of the University of Calgary.

How to Direct Your Donation

Archivists are working to strengthen holdings of archival materials related to:

Subject Area Please Contact
Architecture Robb Gilbert
Arctic and Northern Studies Kim Geraldi
Energy-related Commerce and Industry Kim Geraldi
Environmental Studies Allie Querengesser
Literary Arts Jason Nisenson
Military History Jason Nisenson
Music David Jones
Politics Curtis Frederick
University History Curtis Frederick

Books and Special Material Donations

Books and other special materials are collected in the following areas. To offer a donation of books, please contact Annie Murray, Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian.

  • The Arctic and The North
  • Canadian Literature in English
  • Comics, Cartoons, and Sequential Art
  • History
  • Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • Mountain Studies
  • Popular Fiction
  • Rare Books and the Book Arts

We encourage prospective donors of such materials to consult with us regarding the suitability of items and collections for our holdings. Donated items and collections should augment, not duplicate, our existing collections. We usually wish to carefully examine and select materials before accepting donations. Materials should be in good condition and cannot have been exposed to moisture, mold, and excessive dust. Cataloguing and description of rare and archival materials can be cost prohibitive, and we may decline gifts if the cataloguing, description, or preservation of the items will be unduly resource-intensive. Financial contributions toward the processing of collections are welcome, and support the long term care and usability of your collection.

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