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 the closure of the Cape Breton University campus, The Beaton Institute remains closed to the public, however staff are working remotely and reduced hours on campus. Online service and access is available however service delivery delays can be expected. A phased reopening is currently being planned and we will provide an update as soon as possible. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding. For requests please email:

For digital resources and research aids please visit: 

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