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

Due to the continued closure of the Cape Breton University campus, The Beaton Institute remains closed to the public, however online service and access is available. Service delivery delays can be expected. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding. For requests please email:

Cape Breton University students, faculty, and staff who wish to book an in-person research appointment can do so here: Please note: appointments are available Tuesday through Friday, and are booked 48 hours in advance. Staff will contact you directly to discuss your visit and material requested prior to your appointment.

For digital resources and research aids please visit:

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