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 holds archival records and publications relating to the history of Mount Royal University, as well as other collections that support teaching and research. Collections include:
Collections can be accessed during drop-in hours (below) in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room (EL4330) in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre.
As part of the Library's information literacy instruction program, archives sessions are offered in which classes can visit the Archives and Special Collections to learn about primary source research and to work with collections. Sessions can be fully customized to integrate with curriculum and to support course learning outcomes.
Some topics previously covered in archives sessions:
- How to use archives and special collections in your research (History 1100)
- The production of illuminated manuscripts in the medieval period (English 2210, Art History 1101)
- How European travelers wrote about Canada in the 19th century (History 3356)
- Historical examples of religious texts in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam (Religious Studies 1101)
- Depictions of Indigenous peoples in Calgary Stampede programs (Health and Physical Education 1010)
- Historical advertisements and Canadian business history (History 3356)
- The use of images in propaganda through the ages (General Education 1404)
- How to create primary source-based learning activities for elementary students using historic photographs (Education 4107)
Please contact Peter Houston, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, to learn more or to discuss archives session possibilities for your class.
The Archives and Special Collections selectively acquires archival records and publications that support teaching and research, or that relate to the history of Mount Royal University. Please see the Acquisition Guidelines for more information about what the Archives seeks to acquire.
If you are interested in donating records or publications to the Archives, please contact Peter Houston, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.
Contact the Archives
Submit your questions and we will get back to you shortly. You can also call us at 403.440.7046 or visit us in EL4330 on the fourth floor of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre.