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KPU Archives

Research Requests

Access to the Archives is by appointment only.

Please contact the Archives Librarian:

Using Archival Records

Researchers must use extreme care when handling archival records.

Here are some general "rules" and guidelines:

  • Use pencil only
  • No food or drink
  • If a document box contains multiple files, please remove only one file at a time
  • Please keep files in original order
  • Please keep documents within a file in original order
  • Clean hands please!
  • Cotton gloves, supplied by the Archivist, may be required to handle some materials (e.g. photographs)

The link below provides access to a humourous booklet from Archives Canada for researchers illustrating improper and correct handling of archival documents.

Handle with Care: Fragile


Citing Archival Sources

The following information is from Dalhousie University's excellent Guide to Archival Research :

Citations typically include the following:

  • Title of the item
  • Name of fonds or collection
  • Fonds number
  • Box number
  • Folder number
  • Repository and location

For further details please consult Guide to Archival Research as mentioned above.

Citation Format - Example

Consult the appropriate manual of the style you are following for citing your sources.

The following provides an example using APA style:

The general format as provided in the APA Book (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition) is as follows (p.212):

Author, A.A. (Year, Month Day). Title of material . [Description of material]. Name of the Collection (Call number, Box number, File name or number, etc.). Name of the Repository, Location.

KPU Example:

Dale, D.R. (2001, June 12). New Building at Richmond Campus. [documents], Library fonds (Accession 2009-04, Box 4.1, File 1). Kwantlen Polytechnic University Archives, Surrey, B.C.