Beaton Institute/Cape Breton University

Tourism Region: Cape Breton Island

Archive for Cape Breton University. Holding include archival materials from or about Cape Breton Island.



1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 6L2

Telephone: 1-902-563-1329
Fax: 1-902-562-8899

Mailing Address: 
Beaton Institute/Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300, Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 6L2

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Year Round

Open: Tuesday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm *
Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm **
* With the exception of the month of August.

**Saturday morning openings will resume again in September.

Closed: Sunday
New Year's day, Easter weekend, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Thanksgiving weekend, Rememberance Day, Christmas holidays

Administration fees

Admission: Free

About Collections

collection contains paper records, photographs, film, video, audio materials, books, maps, plans, microfilms.


1.5 kms of archival material. All materials concern Cape Breton Island's history, society, politics, economy, health, people, places, events.

Architectural Records • Cartographic Materials • Prints and Drawings • Manuscripts • Microforms • Films and Videos • Photographs • Sound Recordings • Textual Records

Decorative Arts

Furniture or Furnishings

Human History

Agriculture • Ceremonial Objects • Exploration and Survey • Fisheries • Forestry • Imaging : Film : Photographs : Video • Industrial Technology and History • Local History • Manuscripts • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Masks • Medals • Memorabilia • Military History and Technology • Oral History • Religious or Liturgical Objects • Stamps • Transportation : Aviation : Marine : Motorized ground : Railway • Weapons

Services & Activities

The Beaton Institute is a research centre and archives mandated to collect and conserve the social, economic, political and cultural history of Cape Breton Island; relevant material is organized and made available for the use of students, academics, researchers, the media and the general public

Research Services

The staff of the Beaton Institute includes both Archival Researchers and a Genealogical Researcher, who, for an hourly fee, will research both historical and genealogical requests. Requests can be mailed, faxed, emailed or discussed in person or by telephone.

Archival Records • Genealogical Research • Library • Video Library
Other: The Beaton Institute is part of an island-wide network of museums and archives. Whenever possible, the staff will direct partons to other sources of genealogical and historical information.

Educational Programs

Professional Development

Visitor Services

The Beaton Institute welcomes walk-in patrons who wish to conduct their own historical and genealogical research. We have Heritage Maps available for a small fee for those patrons who are vacationing on the Island. We also sell CD's of genealogical information that have been compiled by the Cape Breton Genealogy and Historical Association, such as the 1871 Census of Cape Breton County. Our staff is friendly and knowledgable about the Island and will answer any of the travellers' inquiries.

Accessible by Public Transportation • Information Centre or Desk • Meeting Room Rental • Parking Facilities : Charged : Bus • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Signs : Washrooms : Wheelchair access

Food Services

Breton University Cafeteria open year round

Cafeteria • Snack Bar or Vending Machines • Catering Services

Internet Services

General Information

Local Tourism Links

Local Attractions

Publications & Products

Guides to the collection and to do genealogy, annual reports, brochures.

Annual Reports • Brochures • Catalogues • CD-ROMS • Monographs • Newsletters • Postcards • T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps