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Archives & Special Collections


Special collections search

You can search our special collections here.


Archives search

Visit us in EL4330 to search the archives holdings.

We are working on an online archives database that will allow users to independently search our finding aids and learn more about our holdings. Until the database ready to launch please contact us directly for research help and to access the archives holdings.


The Archives and Special Collections mainly holds records related to the history of Mount Royal University, including:

  • textual records (such as correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports)
  • photographs
  • audio and video recordings
  • maps and architectural drawings
  • publications including yearbooks, academic calendars, as well as newspapers and magazines published by university offices and campus organizations

About the Archives and Special Collections space

Archival and special collections are located on the 4th floor of the building in a secure and environmentally controlled area which includes: 

  • a public reading room for working with the collection
  • a compact storage area for maximum collection space
  • an art/artifact storage space
  • office and lab areas to provide the necessary tools for care, digitization, and preservation of these special holdings.

Open hours

The Archives and Special Collections is open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm for the fall term, and is located in EL4330 in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. Please feel to drop by during open hours, or contact us to book an appointment at another time.


As part of the Mount Royal University Library, the Archives and Special Collections serves the University’s diverse communities and is open to all. The mandate of the Archives and Special Collections is to support teaching, learning, and scholarship through the development of archival holdings and specialized library collections. The Archives and Special Collections acquires, preserves, and makes accessible select university records of enduring value, as well as other materials described in the Acquisition Policy (currently under development).


Please contact Peter Houston, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, at or 403.440.5197.