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McMaster University Collection

The materials related to McMaster University have been divided into five general series:

1. Administration and Governance
2. Academics
3. Libraries
4. General – includes history of the University, photographs, and other material
5. Publications

If finding aids exist online, a link is provided; if there is a hard copy finding aid available in the reading room, it is noted. Box numbers are provided where available to indicate general quantity of material.

Series 1 - Administration and Governance

Council minutes, Graduate and Undergraduate  
Finding aid available in Reading Room.

Box 1-3, 199

Factbooks, Handbooks, Directories etc.

Box 4-11

Information and Publications, Department of

See Finding Aid

Public Relations

·         Advancement

Box 240-241

·         Centennial Campaign (in binders)


·         Courier (1996-01)

Box 220-239

·         IDC Canada PhoneMail Inc.

Box 242

·         President's Advisory on Development (in binders)


·         Press Releases

Box 22 and binders

·         Public Relations 2002 accrual.
Finding aid available in Reading Room.

Box 215-219

·         Public Relations 1988 accrual.
Finding aid available in Reading Room.

Box 209-214

Publicity Department - Photographs
Researchers looking for photographic material should also consult the general photographs listing linked in Series 4.

Box 302-314

President, Office of

See Finding Aid

Registrar Reports

Box 12-17

Senate (copies only; official records are held by the University Secretary)

·         Committees/meetings

Box 285-294

·         Long-Range planning

Box 281-283

·         Minutes (access with permission of University Secretary only)


·         Reports to/by


·         Surveys and Reports, includes the Office of Institutional Research, Ombudsman, and Campus Expansion/Planning

Box 19-21

University Affairs Committee

Box 18

Vice-President, Office of

Box 295-299

Series 2 - Academics

Anthropology, Department of

See Finding Aid

Business (now DeGroote School of)

Box 29-34

Centre for Peace Studies

See Finding Aid

Congratulations certificates

Box 198

Continuing Education (formerly Adult Education)

Box 27


Box 195-197

Divinity College

Box 35

Eighteenth Century Studies

See Finding Aid

Engineering, Faculty of

Box 36-37

Examinations (ca.1970s)

Not catalogued and currently unavailable.

Faculty minutes (ca.1970s)

Not catalogued and currently unavailable.

Faculty Publications

Box 245-258

French Department

Box 38

Geography (now School of)

Box 40

Graduate Studies, School of

Box 26

Health Sciences Faculty

Box 41

History Department

Box 275-280

Humanities, Faculty of

Box 23-25

Labour Studies
Finding aid available in Reading Room.

Box 39, 268-274, 284

Materials Institute

Box 28


Box 44-49

Nuclear Reactor reports

Box 50-52

Physical Education

See Finding Aid

Physics, Department of

Box 301

Psychology, technical reports

Box 54-55

Science Information

Box 53

Social Sciences

Box 42-43


Available through the Library Catalogue

Series 3 – Libraries
– Box 56-170
Unless otherwise noted, the material in this series has not been described.

Accession books


Architectural Plans

See Finding Aid

Archives and Research Collections




Mills history








Reports, surveys etc.


University Librarian's files


Science and Engineering Library


Series 4 – General

Alumni Affairs

Box 191


Box 184

Campus Services

Box 190

Class of 1934 reunion

Box 194

Friends of McMaster

See Finding Aid

Films and Videos

See Finding Aid

History of McMaster

Box 181-186

Lectures – Other

Box 173-179

Lectures – Whidden lectures
Finding aid available in Reading Room.

Box 171-172, and recordings

McMaster History: Volume III interview transcripts

Box 300

Helen Edith Rathbone, a student at Moulton College in the 1920s. Records include news clippings, various issues of Moulton College Alumnae News, two photographs, a scrapbook, and a copy of Per Ardua: The Story of Moulton College, Toronto, 1888-1954.

Box 321

Moulton Ladies College Diploma for Emily Alberta Graham, 1905

Moulton Ladies College Diploma for Etta Pugsley, 1905, as well as her following diplomas: B.A. McMaster, 1910; Toronto Conservatory of Music Diploma, 1913; M.A. McMaster (Etta Pugsley Lancefield), 1933

MC 16

News Clippings

Box 188-189


Box P01-P16



Realia - Flags, crests, etc.

Box 180, 187

Student Organizations, Clubs etc.

Box 192-193

Susan Moulton McMaster

Box 184-185

Women's Club

Box 266-267

Series 5 – Publications
Finding aids are available for the following McMaster publications, for all other publications please search the library catalogue.

Marmor (University Yearbook)
The Silhouette

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Contact: archives@mcmaster.ca
Last Reviewed: 18 December 2018