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The Digital Collection – Archives and Special Collections

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The Digital Collection

What’s in the digital collection?

Digital Collections will provide access to digitized sound and video recordings from the EMI Music Canada fonds.

Researchers can search through the collection and can browse information, photos, and in some cases, short clips of recordings. Due to copyright restrictions, researchers need to request access to listen to or watch full-length recordings. After reviewing each researcher’s request, Archives staff will enable streaming access to specific content for a specified duration of time.

Using Digital Collections

Anyone can sign up for an account in Digital Collections to create lists of favourites, create orders, and get updates. While the EMI collection is not yet available, we have videos to help you use Digital Collections.


The University of Calgary does not hold copyright over the recordings in the EMI collection. In almost all cases the rights holder is Universal Music Canada. The University of Calgary provides access to the collection for personal and research purposes.

If a researcher wishes to use the collection in other ways (e.g. for an exhibition, in a publication, or for a commercial use), they will have an opportunity to indicate this in their request, and our staff will help direct them to the appropriate rights holder for next steps and obtaining permissions.

Researcher Agreement

Each researcher who requests access to full-length recordings will be asked to agree to the terms in the Researcher Agreement before they access their streaming files.