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About the University of Lethbridge Archives

At the very first meeting of the Interim Board of Governors in November of 1966, one of the board members reminded the others that it was important to retain all their work so that it may become the foundation of a University Archives.  This forward looking observation provided the groundwork for the University of Lethbridge Archives.

The University of Lethbridge Archives is responsible for collecting and preserving noncurrent official records which document the University’s fulfillment of its functions of teaching, research, and public service. In essence, it houses much of the institution’s memory. Among its objectives are the following:

  • To appraise, acquire, arrange, describe, preserve and make available records of historical value;
  • To provide adequate facilities for the maintenance of such records;
  • To serve as an information resource for teaching and learning;
  • To serve research and scholarship by making holdings available to members of the academic community and of the community at large;
  • To provide information services that assist in the administration of the University;
  • To promote knowledge and understanding of the University’s origin, aims, programs, and goals;
  • To work in concert with Records Management to facilitate the efficient handling of university records.

Archival materials selected for inclusion include; meeting minutes, correspondence, announcements, university publications, videos, audio tapes, reports, building plans, photographs, posters, drama productions, and artifacts.

While there are some restrictions on availability, most records are made available to patrons through an extensive reference service.

We are located on the upper level of the University Library in L1172.

Please contact the University Archivist at 403 329 2714 or by email at 


Maintained by University Archives


Wendy Merkley, University Archivist
Location: L1172
Hours: by appointment only
Phone: (403) 329‐2031 / (403) 329-2714
Mail: University of Lethbridge Archives, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4