Services | Archives and Special Collections

Services – Archives and Special Collections

The Glenbow Western Research Centre is open by appointment only. Please visit to book an appointment.


Copies, Scans, and Photography

Reproductions of items from Archives and Special Collections are provided in accordance with Canadian copyright law. Materials will be provided for research and private study purposes under the fair dealing provision in the Copyright Act. If you intend to use images or scans of items in our collections for a publication, exhibition, etc., you will need to seek permission from the copyright holder. Reproductions will be made by staff for a fee. Researchers can in most cases take a photo of an item they are consulting, when the intended use is for private research or study. Please confirm with the staff member in the Glenbow Western Research Centre. Flash photography is not permitted.
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Preservation / Collection Care

Conservation advisor David Daley provides advice and treatment for the preservation of books, archives, and mixed collections to the archivists, curators, and librarians at the university. Conservation activities include collections inspections, cleaning, repair, and environmental control maintenance. Professional advice is also provided to community members and groups who have questions about the care of heirlooms and personal collections.

Research Support

Specialists in each collecting area will assist you in preparing to consult materials. We offer reference support and assistance in planning a research visit, searching our holdings, and using rare and archival sources. We advise over the phone, via email, through one-on-one consultations, or in the Glenbow Western Research Centre.

Teaching Support

Using archival and special collections materials in university courses enhances the student learning experience by introducing students to exciting new venues for their learning and research and by promoting meaningful engagement with original sources. If you wish to bring your class to Archives & Special Collections, please contact us to be put in touch with an Archivist or Librarian.



Tours are currently available by appointment only. For more information contact Archives and Special Collections by email at or by phone at 403-220-3958