This searchable archives database provides descriptive information about the literary and historical collections maintained by Special Collections & Archives at the University of Waterloo Library.

Site details

The archives database runs on AtoM and is maintained by members of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives and Digital Initiatives departments.

The database is a work in progress. The records available for browsing reflect on-going efforts to migrate and (re)describe archival descriptions that were previously only accessible available via PDF finding aids or internal databases. You may come across descriptive records that appear incomplete or in-progress, but rest assured that ongoing improvements are underway.


The Library is committed to providing everyone with information and services in a manner that reflects their need and aligns with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Information about accessibility services offered by the Library is available on the Library Accessibility Services website.

Language of its time

Records in the archives database are historical in nature and contain language or depictions of people representative of their time. This includes wording, cultural references and stereotypes that are no longer used or appropriate today. Historical language has been maintained in its original form, in keeping with archival practice, to preserve the context in which the records were created. This approach, while potentially upsetting, allows for the critical assessment and questioning of historical material by contemporary researchers.

The views expressed in the records in the archives database should be taken as a product of the era in which they were produced and in no way reflects the current opinion, goals or ethics of the Library or the University of Waterloo as a whole.


The collage-based banner on the Home page was designed by Katie Turriff, a University of Waterloo co-operative education student who completed a placement in Special Collections & Archives.

The team of people who maintain the archives database is indebted to members of the AtoM community for their advice and willingness to share their experience. Questions or comments regarding the site are very much welcome.