Winter 2021 Semester
InformationIn light of the recent announcement from the Province of Ontario regarding new restrictions that came into effect on January 14, access to Morisset Library’s study spaces and computer workstations will be closed until at least February 11, 2021.  Contactless pickup and scan on demand services remain available.

The book return drop boxes are also closed except for the one on the terrace outside of Morisset’s main entrance and the one located inside Roger Guindon Hall.


Our holdings 

The Archives and Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to archival documents in all media formats that support teaching and research at the University of Ottawa.

A complete guide on using archives can be found here

Search the AtoM database to access a list of our archival holdings. Visit the Library Catalogue to browse periodical collections.

Women's Archives 

The Women’s Archives contain more than 170 archival fonds and collections related to the history of women in Canada, with particular emphasis on the feminist movement since the 1960s. Both individuals and grassroots organizations who worked to improve the political, social, and economic conditions of Canadian women are represented in this unique collection. 

Among the largest is the Canadian Women's Movement Archives Collection (10-001) and the Canadian Women's Movement Archives fonds (10-002), both acquired by the University of Ottawa in 1992. To learn more about the history of these important collections visit the page: Women’s Archives

The finding aids for the Women's Archives can be accessed via the AtoM database.

Collection of Feminist Periodicals

The Archives and Special Collections has the largest collection of feminist publications in Canada, comprising of periodicals and newsletters produced by feminist groups and associations across Canada. It currently stands at just over 1400 titles and includes national publications like Branching Out and Broadside, as well as newsletters from smaller groups like Open Door, and Rural Lesbian Newsletter of British Columbia, etc. These periodicals represent women from diverse regions of the country, and cover social action in all its forms, and include subjects such as women’s health, the right to abortion, child-care services, as well as literature, art, culture, and assistance for immigrants. The coverage of these periodicals varies from several years of issues to other times just one or two issues.

Access to the periodicals collection is through the Library catalogue.

Slovak Archives

The Slovak Archives contain more than 30 archival fonds relating to individuals and organizations who were active in the Slovak communities of both Canada and the United States throughout the 20th century. It represents one of the most important collections of Slovak archival material in Canada that documents Slovak immigration as well as highlighting the role and impact that this community had in both Canada and the United States.

Among the significant archival fonds of organizations are the following: Slovak Institute of Cleveland (20-021), the Canadian Slovak League fonds (20-017), and the Slovak Studies Association fonds (20-015). Several prominent individuals' and families' records can also be found including the Doransky Family fonds (20-023), which documents the experience of a family who fled Slovakia in 1945 and moved to Montreal, the Josef Mikus fonds (20-001) which provides insight into the activities of a lobbyist for the Slovak League of America in Washington D.C.and the Joseph Stasko fonds (20-002) which relates to the history and politics of Slovakia. These fonds and others can be accessed via the AtoM database and through pdf finding aids.

Collection of Slovak periodicals

The Slovak Archives also contain a vast collection of periodicals which document the activities of the Slovak community in Canada and the United States. Titles are available through the library catalogue and a comprehensive list is accessible through our research guide.

Literary Archives

The literary archives include archival fonds and collections which document the work of various writers in French and Canadian literature from the second half of the 19th century and the 20th century.

The largest collection is the Manuscrits français collection (30-005). Acquired by the Département de français of the University of Ottawa a few years after its foundation in 1968,  the purchase of the collection of original documents was intended to encourage students to research French literature. It was subsequently transferred to the Archives and Special Collections in the 1970s in order to ensure its preservation and accessibility.

Most of the finding aids are only available in pdf but will soon be added to the database.  

Other subjects

The Archives and Special collections also preserve many other archival fonds and collections relating to various subjects including music, history, teaching and even U.F.O.s

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