Archival Records are...
- unique and irreplaceable.
- correspondence, diaries, maps, photographs, films, audiotapes, electronic records, etc.
- records of the life and work of individuals, as well as institutions and organizations of practically every kind.
- primary source materials.
- to be consulted only within archival repositories and cannot be borrowed. All researchers are welcome provided they bring valid identification.
- accessible through the Library Catalogue. Consult the reference or archival staff.
How to Find Archival Records
1. Look up the name of the Archive:
In the Library Catalogue (by Author, Title, Medical Subject, Anywhere, etc.)
For example: Title: Pierre Berton Fonds or Medical Subject: Hamilton Health Association
2. Unable to find archival material in the Library Catalogue? Contact one of the archival repositories listed below.
William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections
Located on the lower level of Mills Library, L-B101, L-B102
Telephone: (905)525-9140 x 27369 or x22079
The Archives of Hamilton Health Sciences and the Faculty of Health Sciences
Located on the lower level of the Health Sciences Library, Health Sciences Centre, 1B31.
Telephone: (905)525-9140 x22928
The Canadian Baptist Archives
Located in Divinity College, Room 152
Telephone: (905) 525-9140 x23511 or x23512
3. To find Archives located outside of McMaster University:
- Canadian Archival Information Network (CAIN)
- Ontario's Archival Information Network (ARCHEION)
- Archives Hub - Descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges
- The National Archives (Records of the UK Government)
- Access to Archives: The English Strand of the UK Archives Network (A2A)