Beaton Institute Archives

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 global research and strives to promote inquiry through innovative academic and public programming initiatives.

Please note there is also ongoing construction in the CBU Art Gallery through the spring of 2019 and the noise levels are high. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

CBU Students and Faculty are encouraged to contact us at to make appointments at any time throughout the week during the academic terms.

The Beaton Institute is located in CE-267 (Student, Culture, & Heritage Centre), adjacent to the Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Mi’kmaq Resource Centre, and the Sydney Credit Union Room.

Our microfilm-scanner must be booked before use; two-hour time slots are available. Email Anne at in advance of your visit for more information.

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

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General Inquiries
CE-267 (Student, Culture, & Heritage Centre)

1250 Grand Lake Rd.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 6L2

Phone: (902) 563-1329
Fax: (902) 562-8899