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 Beaton Institute will be closed to the public and researchers for a period of 8-10 weeks beginning Monday, January 20th, 2020 to accommodate renovations to our physical space. For more information or to consult with staff during this time please contact us by email at or by phone at 902-563-1329. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience and understanding as this work is completed.


Monday: Closed to the public Tuesday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Wednesday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Thursday: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -4:00 pm (Closed for lunch) Friday: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -4:00 pm (Closed for lunch)

Staff Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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

CBU Students, Faculty and community members are encouraged to contact us at to make appointments at any time throughout the week during the academic terms.

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.

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