Archives and Research Collections, Carleton University MacOdrum Library
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Archives and Research Collections (ARC) within the Carleton University Library acquires, preserves, and makes available for long term use its archival and research collections and where appropriate, provides these records in digital format. ARC promotes and encourages the use of its collections by creating displays, through public outreach, and participation in various events and activities. ARC offers support to those engaged in research and instruction using the ARC collections. Collaborations with other institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to promote and further the academic archive profession and to develop a strong network or academic archival research holdings is also part of ARC's mandate.
For optimal service it is suggested researchers contact the archives before they visit.
Archives and Research Collections houses rare books (including the W. McAllister Johnson collection), Modern Poetry collection (including a number of significant poetry broadsides), multiple medium archival research collections (including Heritage Conservation Research Collection), and Carleton University heritage material (including student newspapers, yearbooks, university heritage photograph collection and ephemera).
Archives and Research Collections actively pursues, acquires, and makes available archival collections of manuscripts and research records from individuals, associations, and organizations both related and unrelated to the University. In order to build and maintain a collection that will be of continuing research value.
ARC is also actively developing the Heritage Conservation Research Collection, which gathers together various private and institutional records. Included in this Collection are records created by Canadian Heritage Foundation and Jacques Dilibard. ARC has also acquired architectural drawings from noted Canadian architects.
ARC operates as a repository facility for the heritage and historical collections that document the history of Carleton University (1942-present day) including special collections such as St. Patrick’s College, the Ottawa Ladies College and the Canadian Officers Training(COT). As the official repository for University heritage records, ARC will also encourage the deposit of: All publications generated at the University or distributed in its name, publications about Carleton University produced externally, audio-visual materials produced by and/or about the University to document its development such as: photographs and negatives, films, oral history interviews, audio and video tapes and artefacts deemed to complement and enhance the archival collection such as medals, ceremonial items, plaques, and other ephemera.
Architectural Records •
Films and Videos •
Sound Recordings •
Carleton University Oral History Collection.
Services & Activities
Archives and Research Collections provides research services, teaching and learning services, heritage promotion activities, as well as professional community outreach services.
The research services provided by Archives and Research Collections includes public access to both archival and rare book holdings, reference assistance and advice, group instruction on various topics including the importance of using primary sources in academic research.
Archival Records •
Other: ARC is also pleased to offer professional outreach services to external institutions upon request.
ARC provides lectures, workshops and practicums on archival and research topics including: archival theory and processing, the use of primary sources in research, and citation of archival records.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Accessible by Public Transportation
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Note: Food is not permitted in the ARC reference room.
Snack Bar or Vending Machines
Other: Coffee shop in the lobby of the library.
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