Search Archival & Special Collections' Archives Database

Welcome to the Archival & Special Collections’ archives database. Here, researchers can find descriptive information pertaining to collections in our holdings at McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph. Collections relate to the following subject areas:

  • Agricultural history and rural heritage

  • Culinary history

  • Landscape architecture

  • L.M. Montgomery

  • Regional and early campus history

  • Scottish studies

  • Theatre history

Miscellaneous archival materials donated to Archival & Special Collections before the establishment of the above collecting areas are also included.

Researchers can browse our collections by using the Core Collecting Areas menu on the left-hand sidebar, or search by keyword using the search bar at the top of the page. Rare books, monographs, and other published materials can be found in the library’s online catalogue, Omni.

Before visiting, please consult our Using the Archives page on the library website for instructions on how to book an appointment and request material and reproductions. For additional questions, contact us at

Statement on Language in Archival Records & Descriptions

Archival & Special Collections provides access to records that may contain historical language, images, and ideas that are racist, sexist, colonialist, ableist, and homophobic. Inclusion of such content in Archival & Special Collections is not an endorsement of these ideologies or an attempt to further perpetuate their influence. By preserving these records, Archival & Special Collections staff aim to foster a transparent environment in which contemporary researchers can critically evaluate these materials in their original context.

Archival & Special Collections is committed to creating an inclusive, respectful user-experience for all our researchers. This includes remediating our archival descriptions to identify and replace harmful language in our finding aids and database records. Recognizing that this is an ongoing process, patrons are encouraged to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding problematic descriptions found in our archives database.