Fonds F0134 - Archives and Special Collections Department fonds.

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Archives and Special Collections Department fonds.


  • [197-]-2010 (Creation)

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3.06 m. of textual records.

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In 2003, Information Resources created a new department, Archives and Special Collections, which brought together all those units holding primary resources under a new Assistant Director. The new department was formed of the University Archives and several units which had formerly been a part of the Library: Special Collections, Canadian Architectural Archives, and the Museum of the Regiments Archives and Library. Teresa Reilly was appointed the first Assistant Director and reported to the Director of Information Resources. In 2006, Information Resources became Libraries and Cultural Resources led by the Vice-Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) and University Librarian.

John Cole served as Interim Director Archives and Special Collections from 2008 to 2010, when John Wright was appointed Director of the Centre for Arts and Culture, the body given responsibility for Archives and Special Collections, the Nickle Arts Museum, Visual and Performing Arts, and the Military Museums Library and Archives.

In 2014, Archives and Special Collections became independent once again when Annie Murray was appointed Head of Archives and Special Collections, reporting to the Vice-Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) and University Librarian. In 2015, her title was changed to Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections.

By 2015, Archives and Special Collections had over four kilometres of archival records, including theses, yearbooks, campus newspapers and the private archives of influential Canadians. Collections included rare book holdings, significant literary, historical, musical and cultural archives, collections of popular and science fiction, rare works on the Arctic, the largest collection of Canadian architectural drawing and records in the country in the Canadian Architectural Archives, and the corporate records of the University of Calgary.

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Fonds consists of administrative records for Special Collections, Archives and Special Collections, and the Canadian Architectural Archives, including correspondence, reports, minutes of meetings, strategic and business planning records, exhibition files, subject files, files relating to donors and potential donors, brochures, pamphlets and newsletters.

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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