Glenbow Library and Archives | Archives and Special Collections

Glenbow Library and Archives – Archives and Special Collections

Glenbow Library and Archives

Two of western Canada’s leading learning institutions are creating an innovative approach to community-based research: the Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary. Over the next two years, Glenbow’s Library and Archives will be relocated to the University of Calgary to provide the widest possible access to this remarkable collection.

5,500

Linear Metres of Textual Records

2,000,000

Photographs

600

Hours of Audio Recordings

4,000

Videos and Films

125,000

Books

15,000

Maps

Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary will increase access, teaching and research opportunities for students, academics and the public

 

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. It is also an unparalleled resource for researchers and students exploring local, regional and provincial history, political science, social studies, ranching, immigration, cultural studies, business, environmental studies, women’s studies, military history and the Northwest Mounted Police/Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

 

The collections include provincially owned archives currently held by Glenbow and stewarded in accordance with existing standards that Glenbow is responsible for providing under the Glenbow-Alberta Institute Act and its service agreement with the Province. The Province of Alberta has approved the relocation agreement.

 

The Glenbow collections effectively double the university’s archival collections, and is made possible through the generous support of the Calgary community. Bill Siebens and family are providing support integral to the relocation. Other donors, passionate about preserving Western Canadian history and culture, may contribute to support the relocation of the collections to the university and their ongoing stewardship.

 

The Glenbow Western Research Centre will be located in the Taylor Family Digital Library and the collections will be stewarded by experts in UCalgary’s Libraries and Cultural Resources. The transition will take place over the next two years, beginning in January 2019, with the new location expected to open in the Fall of 2019.

 

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Timeline

  1. Nov. 14, 2018

    Announcement of Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary

  2. January, 2019

    2 year transition begins

  3. Fall 2019

    New location within TFDL opens

  4. December 2021

    2 year transition is completed