About the Archives

University of Victoria Cornett Building, as designed by John Di Castri, 1964.
University of Victoria Cornett Building, as designed by John Di Castri, 1964.

Established by the Senate in 1973, the University Archives is the repository for university records of permanent value from executive, administrative and academic offices. The Archives also aquires and provides public access to archives of individuals and organisations from the university community and the Pacific West coast region, particularly relating to enviornmental sciences, women's studies, and arts and culture.

UVic Archives also operates the Records Management Program of the university, and works closely with the Office of the University Secretary on access and privacy matters.

Access and usage

Members of the University community, researchers from other institutions, and the public in general may access the Archives.

  • Photo ID is required to view requested material
  • Only pencil and paper, or laptops, may be used in this area -- pens are not permitted
  • Gloves may be required while using certain materials
  • Use of material is normally restricted to our reading room during regular hours
  • Reproduction by photocopy, or by any other means, is determined on an item-by-item basis dependent on the material's condition, copyright, and specific restrictions (a self-serve photocopier is available)


The University Archivist is pleased to discuss prospective donations of books and manuscript material. Donations of books, archival material, and monetary donations strengthen and enhance the Archives. If the material is already held, or does not fall within our collection policies, alternative arrangements may be suggested.

Tax receipts are available for donations over $100.

See our gifts policy.

The University Archives is located in room A005 in the lower level of the Mearns Centre for Learning and shares facilities and responsibilities for archival material with Special Collections.

University Archives
University of Victoria
PO Box 1800 STN CSC
Victoria BC  V8W 3H5

Phone: 250-721-8257

Fax: 250-721-8215



8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (September-April)

10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (May-August)

Lara Wilson
Director, Special Collections and University Archivist
Mearns Centre, Room A005b

Jane Morrison
Associate University Archivist
Mearns Centre, Room A005d

David Young
Records Management Archivist
Mearns Centre, Room A203

Jaqui Thompson
Library Assistant/Secretary
Mearns Centre, Room A005a

Vacant Position
Archives Assistant
Mearns Centre, Room A005a