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.

***The archive will be closed for the afternoon on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 12-4pm.

***Evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays will end as of May 31st, 2024 for the spring/summer semester. The archive will be open Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, June to September.

***We apologize for any disruption in service for those using the Beaton Institute Digital Archive ( Migration of the database continues and we are still experiencing some issues with accessibility. If you require assistance, please contact

Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed to the public

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

It is recommended that Cape Breton University students, faculty, and members of the public contact us (; 902-563-1329) in advance to discuss research needs or requests, or to book an appointment for onsite research.

  • 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.
  • 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:

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