Beaton Institute Launches Digital Archive

Leading into Cape Breton University’s (CBU) 2015 Research Week, CBU is excited to announce the launch of the Beaton Institute Digital Archive website.

The Digital Archive is the result of years of initiatives aimed to provide global access to the documentary heritage of Cape Breton Island held in stewardship by the Beaton Institute. This exciting new research tool enables researchers to view the digital collections of the Beaton Institute, which includes collections, photographs, maps, and audiovisual recordings.

The Beaton Institute is pleased to feature a full run of the Micmac News (1965-1991) to mark the launch of the Digital Archive. Edited by Roy Gould, the Micmac News is an extraordinary print legacy which spans almost 30 years. Unama’ki College and Beaton Institute staff worked together to scan and make available more than 8100 pages of digitized content as part of the Nova Scotia Historical Newspaper Project. 

The records currently in the Digital Archive are a small sample of the Beaton Institute’s holdings. Staff will add archival descriptions and content into the Digital Archive on a regular basis. We encourage researchers to explore and share in Cape Breton’s rich documentary heritage by visiting the website.

“The staff of the archive identified this as our primary goal back in 2008 and has continuously been working toward today’s launch through projects, grants and partnerships. The archive holds a wealth of information and documentation that we know has value to researchers, community groups and local businesses. Making it accessible and discoverable through the Digital Archive, we will grow our audience and expand the archive’s relevance and reach,” says Catherine Arseneau, Director.

The Beaton Institute is a cultural heritage archive mandated to preserve the social, economic, political and cultural history of Cape Breton Island. The archive is also the official repository for the historically significant records of Cape Breton University. The Beaton Institute promotes inquiry through innovative public programming and community based initiatives and is a centre for local, regional, national and international research.

For more information about the Beaton Institute's collections and services, or to join us on Facebook and Twitter, please visit the Beaton Institute website.  The Beaton Institute Digital Archive was made possible by support from Cape Breton University and the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage.