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CUE’s Digital Archive

Find descriptions of physical materials as well as the digitized documents from CUE's 100-year history.

CUE’s Digital Archive provides online access to the descriptions of CUE’s physical historical materials as well as some digitized content from the university’s 100-year history.

What is a “fonds”? A fonds is “the entire body of records of an organization, family, or individual that have been created and accumulated as the result of an organic process reflecting the functions of the creator” (Society of American Archivists, 2021). 

What is a “series”? The documents within a fonds are arranged into series, “a group of similar records that are arranged according to a filing system and that are related as the result of being created, received, or used in the same activity” (Society of American Archivists, 2021).

Only a select number of CUE’s historical documents have been digitized and made publicly available due to privacy concerns. 


Finding Archival Images

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to find archival images:

Step 1: Visit the CUE Digital Archives at https://archives.concordia.ab.ca/ 

Step 2: Under “Browse by”, click “Archival Descriptions”. 

Step 3: In the results list, click on “Concordia University of Edmonton Publication Collection”.

Step 4: In the holdings list, click on the series entitled “002 -Foundation Photograph Collection”.

Step 5: Click on “Item 0001 – Girls on Front Steps” to view the image and its accompanying record.

Step 6: Browse the item’s record for details about the image, including its date of creation.


About the authors:

Natasha Eklund joined CUE Library in 2017 and, in addition to her Library Assistant duties, she has actively worked to support CUE’s archives and the CUE 100 centennial celebrations. Currently, Natasha’s work includes reference service, circulation service, and workshop instruction.

Brianna Sorensen joined CUE Library in 2018 as an Archives Assistant where she has worked diligently to develop CUE’s digital archives using the Access to Memory (AtoM) platform. Brianna is primarily responsible for creating records and digitizing materials such as photographs and newsletters.

Natasha and Brianna developed many of the historical displays, posters, and online blog posts that were showcased during the CUE 100 celebrations. Work with CUE’s digital archive will continue to grow as CUE’s online archival collection continues to expand.


To access the archive’s physical resources, please contact Dan Mirau, CUE Library Director, at dan.mirau@concordia.ab.ca