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Archives and Special Collections (ASC)

This guide is intended to help you get started with your archival and rare book research at the University of Calgary.


While much of the material held by ASC is in the public domain, some material is still in copyright according to Canadian copyright legislation.

  • Public Domain: The duration of copyright protection for the material has expired.
  • Copyright: The copyright holder of the material maintains rights over use of the material.

Depending on the intended use of reproductions of archival material, there may be applicable exceptions to copyright. These exceptions include:

  • Fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire.
  • Educational exceptions for instruction or examination.

In general, reproductions of archival material from ASC are provided under the following conditions:

A copy of this material is being provided to you under the fair dealing and library exceptions in the Canadian Copyright Act. Please note that the documents are for individual research purposes only. The use of this material for any other purpose or making a further reproduction of it may require permission from the copyright owner of the work.

If you are seeking to use copyrighted material for purposes other than those in the above statement, contact us to determine what steps are required.

For more details on general copyright considerations, see the UCalgary Library Copyright page.