Archives and Special Collections


News from the Archives and Special Collections

Partial re-opening of in-person consultation services.

The ARCS are pleased to announce that starting November 17, 2020 we will be offering limited in-person appointments for consultation of our unique archival and rare materials. Please consult the access and appointment conditions.

You can contact our team by email for any questions related to accessing archival material.

uOttawa Library service updates - All you need to know!

Fight's Not Over

Listen to this new podcast Fight’s Not Over. The project was directed by Christabelle Sethna, professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. During her research, Professor Sethna worked on many occasions with material from the Women's Archive Collection.

This podcast explores the 1970 Abortion Caravan on its 51st anniversary, in the midst of a global pandemic, including its history and its implications for today. Featuring interviews with women involved in the Caravan’s cross-Canada journey, we will reflect on the Caravan’s anniversary and the role of the current generation of activists within a climate of ongoing issues in abortion access.


The University of Ottawa COVID-19 Archival Collection

Information and Archives Management Service (IAM), uOttawa Library, and ARCS, along with our colleagues from Carleton University and the City of Ottawa Archives, are collaborating to establish a COVID-19 response collection. These archival collections will be invaluable to contemporary and future research on the effects of the pandemic.  University of Ottawa's teams will preserve both official messaging and programs from the university (IAM) as well as capturing relevant websites, and story content collected from specific communities (Library and ARCS).

In collecting and preserving COVID-19 response-related materials, we are supported by the most recent joint statement1 of the International Council of Archives, UNESCO, the American Records Management Association (ARMA), the Digital Preservation Coalition, and others, which states that “The duty to document does not only rest with governments, but also with commercial, research and educational institutions” and that “the duty to document does not cease in a crisis, it becomes more essential”.

ARCS, along with the Library's ODSI team have launched COVID-19: Telling Her-Stories. This initiative provides a mechanism for women from across Canada upload their stories and experience of COVID-19 directly to the Archive. To learn more visit:

To learn about the collecting activities of our partners, please visit the following:

Information and Archives Management University of Ottawa:
Contact: Celeste Dubeau, Director Information Management,

City of Ottawa Archives

Carleton University


AtoM Notification: Due to an upgrade, our database will not be accessible on July 26th 2021 during all day. We apologize to our users for the inconvenience caused during this day.


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