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Archives and Records Centre


The University of Winnipeg Archives and Records Centre has digitized and made available online some wonderful resources for research.  Please note that the amount of material that has been digitized and made available online is a very small fraction of the total volume of material in our holdings. We are currently working hard to bring more University of Winnipeg Archives and Records Centre materials to you online. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, visit the U of W Archives and Records Centre Facebook page for mini-exhibits and previews of what's to come.  You can also follow the U of W Archives and Records Centre on Twitter for up-to-the minute information about our holdings, digital collections, events, etc.  And our YouTube channel features digitized film and video from our holdings.

Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture features a selection of images and films pertaining to the period in time when United College transitioned into the University of Winnipeg.  An exhibit titled The City is our Campus tells this story of the University of Winnipeg's first 50 years accompanied by 50 archival items that illustrate this history.

Western Canada Pictorial Index

The WCPI consists of reproductions of more than 70,000 images related to the history of Western Canada, gathered over nearly three decades. This digital collection includes images for which copyright is retained by the University of Winnipeg or are within the public domain and not housed in other repositories available online. The collection currently consists solely of images comprising the University of Winnipeg Collection including portraits of students, faculty and administration from all eras, campus buildings, and all aspects of the University community including academia, athletics, and student life. Content will continually be added to the collection as it becomes available.

Archive-It

Archive-It is a subscription web archiving service from the Internet Archive that helps organizations to harvest, build, and preserve collections of digital content.  The University of Winnipeg Library has preserved, organized, and made available several web collections pertaining to the research interests of the University community including Truth and Reconciliation, Racism in Winnipeg, University of Winnipeg websites, Library digital collections, and sites pertaining to the U of W's Oral History Centre using this service.

Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS)

Speaking directly with a representative group of 2,614 First Nations peoples, Métis and Inuit living in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa, as well as 2,501 non-Aboriginal Canadians, the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study offers Canadians a new perspective on the values, experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples living in these major Canadian cities.

Indian News

During the years of 1954 to 1982 the Department of Indian Affairs issued a publication called the Indian News that was intended for distribution amongst Canada's First Nations people. Originating as a quarterly publication and eventually becoming a monthly one, the Indian News covered an array of topics and issues related to Canada's First Nations people and their communities.  The entirety of the publication's run is available here.

West Central Streets Digital Archive

West Central Streets (1995-2011) was a community owned and operated publication dedicated to printing the positive stories of everyday people living in Winnipeg's West Central neighbourhood (west of downtown and north of Portage Avenue).  Each issue of the newspaper would focus on a different street in the neighbourhood. The entirety of the publication's run is available here.

Vox

Vox, first Vox Wesleyana, began as a serial for Wesley College to communicate news amongst its students, alumni, family, and friends, and to represent and promote its various academic and extracurricular activities.  Over time it evolved into what we would now call a yearbook.  This digital collection includes issues dating from 1897 to 1949.

(in)edition Archive

As the University's newsletter of record, (in)edition offered news articles, photographs, notices and related material about the University of Winnipeg and the administrators, alumni, faculty, governors, staff, and students who made up the University of Winnipeg community.  The Archive consists of the first 19 volumes of the publication (1983-2002), accompanied by searchable indices.

University of Winnipeg Timeline

This timeline illustrates the institutional and physical history of the University of Winnipeg, with an additional focus on the development of some of its unique programs and the lifestyle and activities of its students.  Each event on the timeline is illustrated with an accompanying image.

Historypin

Historypin appends digitized content to geographic locations and layers that content over current imagery using Google Maps and Google Streetview.  The University of Winnipeg Archives and Records Centre has a growing number of images on this site to juxtapose the past with the present.

What the Fonds?

The What the Fonds? blog highlights a few of the more absurd or interesting items in the holdings of the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba Archives.