University of Waterloo Archives

The University of Waterloo Archives (UWA) preserves recorded information of enduring administrative, legal, financial, or historical value related to the University of Waterloo (University). It maintains the institutional memory of the University, ensures public accountability and transparency, and supports academic, administrative, or legal research.

The UWA collects institutional records of all types of media and format that have been identified as having long-term archival value and where the total retention period for the records has expired. This includes, but is not limited to, textual documents such as correspondence, reports, minutes, and administrative files as well as photographs, audio-visual recordings, and artifacts.

The UWA was established by President Dr. Burton (Burt) Matthews in 1977. Acting Vice-President Dr. Paul Cornell was subsequently appointed Honorary Archivist and the UWA temporarily operated out of the Secretariat's office in Needles Hall. In 1985, the administration of the UWA was transferred to the University of Waterloo Library (Library) and is today managed as part of the Special Collections & Archives department at the Library.

For additional information about conducting archival research in the UWA, incorporating University records such as photographs in special projects, or transferring records to the UWA, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below. 

Frequently Asked Questions