Archival & Special Collections

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Special Notice:  Archival & Special Collections will remain closed until early 2018 due to extensive renovations.

Archival & Special Collections will reopen in early winter 2018. Until then, we will not be able to answer reference inquiries, nor will we be able to accept any new donations. If you do have records you had planned to transfer, please contact Kathryn Harvey to arrange for a time to do so.

For more information about the renovations, visit the Library Renovation page.


Located in the lower level of the Library's south-east tower, Archival & Special Collections supports research and teaching on campus, offering a passageway to the cultural, social, physical, and political history of the Guelph region and the University's founding colleges.

We offer email, phone, and in-person reference services to help you navigate our many collections. Faculty can also book orientation sessions with our staff to provide archival literacy training for their students.

Come visit Archival & Special Collections during our regular hours and explore history.

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