The Archives turns 50

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017

Tabaret Hall in 1966

By Michel Prévost, Chief Archivist of the University of Ottawa

This year, the Archives of the University of Ottawa celebrates its 50th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, all members of the University community are invited to an open house, which will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 100 Marie Curie, Room 012.

Come view some of the Archives’ treasures, including:

  • the keys to the first College of Bytown (1848)
  • the cross worn by Father Joseph-Henri Tabaret from 1850 to 1886
  • medals commemorating the University’s 100th and 150th anniversaries (struck in 1948 and 1998, respectively)
  • the University’s oldest yearbook (1874)
  • the first student newspaper, The Owl (1888)

You can also marvel at a number of artefacts, dating back to the fire of 1903, which were recently unearthed during excavation work around Tabaret Hall.

Did you know?

The Archives of the University of Ottawa overflows with documents and items that reflect the institution’s rich archival history, which dates back nearly 170 years. The Archives contain:

  • Over 5000 linear meters of documents
  • Over one million images
  • Microfiches
  • Documents in electronic formats
  • Artefacts
  • Architectural drawings
  • Sound recordings
  • Textiles

A few glimpses of the past, drawn from the Archives

The first convocation ceremony at the University of Ottawa dates back to 1890.

In 1903, much of the University of Ottawa’s archival collection was destroyed in a fire. Thankfully, a few precious documents, which were stored in a safe, survived.

Photo of the first Board of Governors, taken in 1965.

Students in front of Tabaret Hall, circa 1905.

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