Fonds and Collections


Records Management and Archives is the sole agency that collects, organizes, processes, preserves, and as appropriate, provides access to the historical archives of Concordia University and its two founding institutions, Loyola College and Sir George Williams University, as well as private archives of individuals or institutions connected with Concordia University. This documentation is the institutional memory of the University and its two founding institutions. Records become part of the Historical Archives when they are no longer normally required for the administrative functioning of a department or of the University. These records are kept in perpetuity because they document the activity or policy of a single unit, an individual, or of the University as a whole.


Special Collections at Concordia University Library is composed of rare books and periodicals, archival materials, maps, photographs, and other items that require special handling and preservation because of their rarity, fragility, unusual format, uniqueness, artistic value, and cultural significance.

Special Collections constitutes a rich and diverse research collection and is a valuable resource to students and scholars within Concordia University and beyond. Our primary holdings are in the humanities and social sciences, but our collections contain items of interest to researchers in various disciplines. Presently, Special Collections is comprised of over 120 archival fonds, twenty collections, and thousands of unique and rare items within the following thematic areas:

  1. Canadian, Quebec, and Montreal history
  2. Communication studies
  3. Gay and lesbian literature
  4. Genocide
  5. The Holocaust
  6. The Irish in Montreal
  7. Jazz in Montreal
  8. Political science
  9. Religious studies
  10. Theater and cinema
  11. 20th century Anglophone Quebec poetry
  12. Visual arts