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Documents from the Archives and Special Collections are regularly showcased through exhibitions that are held in the reading room located at MRT 039 in the Morisset Library. You are welcome to drop by to view the exhibitions during the opening hours or contact us to arrange a guided tour.  Online exhibits can be viewed year round at any time.

Past exhibitions 


This Book Belongs to...

An exhibition held at the Archives and Special Collections from October 2016 to May 2017, This Book Belongs to... provided a unique opportunity to discover exceptional books from the Rare book collection of the University of Ottawa and people who took part in their production. From the author to the printer, the bookbinder to the paper maker, marbler, owner and reader.

The online version of “This book belongs to…” is still available.








Shakespeare 400

Held from March 1st to April 22nd 2016, Shakespeare 400 celebrated the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and looked at the way in which Shakespeare influenced, inspired, offended or otherwise affected a wide spectrum of disciplinary fields 





The Archives and Special Collections: A Feminine Feminist Perspective

Held between May 29, 2015 and March 24, 2016, A Feminine Feminist Perspective highlighted several important items from our Women's Archives and Slovak Archives.

A feminine/feminist perspective


Exposition Perspective féminine/féministe 1


Exhibition Feminine/Feminist Perspective 2


Exhibition Feminine/Feminist Perspective 3


Exhibition Feminine Feminist Perspective 4



Items on loan

Waterloo Region Museum 

We have 325 political buttons from the Canadian Women’s Movement Archives Collection 10-001 on loan to the Waterloo Region Museum for their “Trailblazing – Women in Canada since 1867” exhibition which runs until January 7, 2018.


CWMA buttons on display at Waterloo Region Museum

Photo credit : Courtesy of Waterloo Region Museum




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