About the Archives

Western Archives provides a wide range of services to support the University's goals for research and scholarship and teaching and learning, as well as for the management of its institutional records.

Located in the Archives and Research Collections Centre (ARCC), the two major components of Western Archives are the University Archives, which include university and private archival holdings, and The James Alexander and Ellen Rea Benson Special Collections, which comprise antiquarian and rare books and local history monographs.

In addition, Western Archives provides various records management services to support the administration and operation of the University and is responsible for maintaining a growing collection of low and medium use print materials that have been  transferred to storage from the seven libraries on campus.

Finding the Archives


Western Archives is located in the Archives and Research Collections Centre (ARCC) which is adjacent to south side of The D. B. Weldon Library. Although much of the facility is accessible only to staff, Western Archives has a public Reading Room that is accessible from the reference hall on the main level of The D. B Weldon Library. Staff assistance is available during regular hours of opening.


Visitor parking is available nearby. Click here for more information.


Individual or group tours can be arranged by telephoning 519 661-4046 or emailing Western Archives.