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36th Annual Archives Lecture

Building Construction

Please be advised that, starting Monday 26 September 2016, Kathleen Ryan Hall will be getting a new roof.  During this time, even though the building will be surrounded by scaffolding to support the repairs, Queen's Archives will remain open to the public for our regular operating hours.


In Memoriam: Charles Beer

In Memoriam: Charles Beer, Queen's First University Archivist

Queen’s University Archives wishes to offer sincere condolences to the family of Edwin Charles Beer on his recent passing. Charles Beer was the first archivist at Queen’s, taking up that role in 1960.  He moved on to Dartmouth College in 1966 to undertake a three-year post as Associate Director of the Daniel Webster Papers Project.


Volunteer Opportunities at the Archives

Interested in becoming a volunteer at the Archives?  There will be two sessions held for those interested in volunteering at Queen’s University Archives for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Tuesday September 15th at 2:00 pm

Friday September 18th at 10:00 am

Each session will be held in the Reading Room of Queen’s Archives, 2nd floor of Kathleen Ryan Hall. Contact us at archives@queensu.ca for any questions.


3rd Annual McWatters Visiting Fellowship Awarded

Queen’s University Archives is very pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Geraldine Grace and Maurice Alvin McWatters Visiting Fellowship recipient. Dr. Ben Bradley, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, will be spending a month in the QUA Reading Room, in the Spring of 2015, researching how the construction of the King’s Highway 401 (the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway) effected the social and business fabric of Eastern Ontario. He will be focusing especially on how the redirection of traffic away from those communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River affected the viability of roadside businesses that had been established on main streets since the early 1920s; as well as examining what were the positive and negative impacts on the people living in these communities, once traffic was rerouted away from town centres.


32nd Annual Archives Lecture

Queen’s University Archives is pleased to announce that Dr. Sandra Campbell will be presenting the 32nd Annual Queen’s University Archives Lecture and The Frances K. Smith Lecture in Canadian Art, “’Time's Judgments Are Best’?: Lorne Pierce and The Queen's University Art Foundation."


Second Set of Burleigh Files Online

Queen’s University Archives is very pleased to announce the public launch of digitized family files from the second addition of the Dr. Herbert Clarence Burleigh fonds (Locator #2324.1). Through the Burleigh Family, and in particular, Peter and Evelyn Burleigh, whose generous donation has made this exciting initiative a reality, and in collaboration with Internet Archive in Toronto, the research amassed by Dr. Burleigh on an additional 100 families, who have roots in the Kingston region, is now available online. Through our Genealogy page, researchers will be able to access an alphabetical list of individual family names.