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

EXTENDED CLOSURE NOTICE: Due to the impact of COVID-19 and temporary layoffs currently in effect at Cape Breton University, the Beaton Institute will remain closed to the public and researchers until further notice. Research assistance and access to records is not available at this time.  We will provide further details about our reopening as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.   

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