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The Beaton Institute

Who We Are

The Beaton Institute is the official repository for historically significant records of Cape Breton University. Additionally, the Institute is a cultural heritage archive mandated to preserve the social, economic, political and cultural history of Cape Breton Island. It is a centre for local, regional, national and international research and strives to promote inquiry through innovative public programming and community based initiatives. Click here to read more about the history of the Beaton Institute and its namesake Sister Margaret Beaton.

You may also want to visit the What's New page to learn more about the Beaton Institute's most recent projects.

Visit us on Social Media: Facebook - Twitter - Flickr - YouTube and Search the Digital Archive.

Hours and Location

  • Monday: Closed
  • 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 **

*Wednesday evening hours will end on May 27th and resume in September 2015.

**Saturday openings will resume in September 2015.


Located within Cape Breton University, The Beaton Institute is found in Room CE-267 in the Student, Culture, and Heritage Centre, off of the Great Hall, just around the corner from the Cape Breton University Art Gallery. Our microfilm-scanner must be booked before use; two-hour time slots are available. A sweater is advisable during the summer months.

Parking is available with a $1.00 per day charge. The Beaton Institute is wheelchair accessible.

Cape Breton University

P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Rd.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Canada B1P 6L2

Toll Free: 1-888-959-9995 (Canada/US)

Tel: (902) 539-5300

Fax: (902) 562-0119