Beaton Institute

About Us

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.

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. The Institute is wheelchair accessible, and parking is available with a $1.00 per day charge.

Hours of Operation

***Please note: the archive will be closed on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021: Closed for the morning (9:00am to 1:00pm)
  • Monday, December 20, 2021 until Monday, January 3, 2022: Closed for Christmas break. Reopening Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Monday: Closed to the public

Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Closed for lunch, 12-1:00 pm)

The Beaton Institute is closed when Cape Breton University is closed for holidays or campus closures. If you are planning a visit, please review the Important Dates calendar: 

Cape Breton University students, faculty, and members of the public are encouraged to contact us at in advance to discuss research needs or requests, and to book an appointment for on-site research.

***All visitors must comply with current Public Health and University protocols. Visitors must be fully vaccinated (both COVID-19 doses) and show proof of vaccination upon entry to campus. All visitors must enter through the CIBC Welcome Centre (Student, Culture and Heritage Building/Great Hall/world flags Entrance) and sign in with a Campus Security Officer at that location prior to proceeding to the Beaton Institute.

Please note:

  • Our microfilm scanner must be booked before use; two-hour time slots are available. Email in advance of your visit for more information.
  • Final retrieval of material is set at 3:30 pm.

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