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.

Notice: The Beaton Institute will be closed to the public and researchers on the following days to accommodate events:

  • Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
  • Monday, November 4th, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
  • Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Reference service will not be available during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

Notice: The Beaton Institute will be temporarily closing to donations until January 2020. Over the next few months, we will be dedicating time to processing our backlog collections and expanding our capacity to accept future donations. We are always happy to learn more about potential donations, and will continue to accommodate records at risk of loss or destruction. We apologize for any inconvenience, and remain committed to our role as a responsible steward of our Island’s documentary heritage. For more information, or if there are any questions or concerns, please contact us by email: or by telephone: 902-563-1329. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

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 and the Mi’kmaq Resource Centre.

Our microfilm-scanner must be booked before use; two-hour time slots are available. Email 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