University Archives


The University Archives serve as the official memory of the university by identifying, preserving, and providing access to digital, textual, photographic, and audiovisual records of enduring value related to the origins, programs, and mandate of the university and its predecessors. The Archives provide access to original materials for use by the academic community and external researchers. As part of MacEwan University Library, the Archives supports a culture of research, scholarship, and creative activity to enhance learning and foster the application and creation of new knowledge.

University Archives policy


The Archives currently holds the following types of records:

  • Academic calendars
  • Annual reports
  • Architectural plans
  • Convocation photographs and programs
  • Employee newsletters
  • Institutional reports and surveys
  • Minutes and agendas from the Board of Governors and Academic Council
  • University publications, posters, slides, photographs and video of ceremonies and events
  • Student yearbooks
  • Students’ Association newspapers
  • Posters, promotional materials, videos, slides and photographs of theatre productions
  • Books published by Dr. Grant MacEwan and materials related to his interactions with the institution

Access to Memory (AtoM) is an online database of finding aids. We will be adding more descriptions of archival records as we process our collections. 

Selected online content from the domain is available from Archive-It. Use the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine to discover content from the previous web address (earliest year available is 1997).

An oral history of Grant MacEwan Community College (1971-1999) is also available.

The best source on early Grant MacEwan Community College history is Glenn David Ruhl's Grant MacEwan Community College: the first two decades, a retrospective

*Note that Human Resources maintain personnel records; student records are maintained by the Office of the University Registrar. For records on Alberta College (1903-2001) please contact the City of Edmonton Archives (780) 496-5989.

Access to Archival Records and Special Collections

While the Archives aims to make its records and services available to MacEwan University students, faculty, staff, and other researchers, the unique and original nature of archival records requires that all materials must be accessed in the Archives’ reading room.  Artists' books and other special collections may also be viewed in the reading room. These materials may not be borrowed.

The Archives’ reading room has limited seating capacity and is reserved for individuals using our collections. Individuals seeking a place for group work or a quiet place to study should use areas in the library designated for that purpose.

Access to records in the Archives is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) of Alberta. 

Hours and Contact

The Archives is open by appointment only Monday through Friday, from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. To make an appointment, please email

University Archivist – Valla McLean 
phone: 780-633-3663

Archives Technician – Kathy Blasko

MacEwan University
John L. Haar Library
RM 7-305
10700 -104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5J 4S2