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Special Collections

Located on the first floor of the J.N. Desmarais Library, the Laurentian University Archives houses seven different special collections: 

  • Faculty Collection
  • Fourth Year Honours Essays 
  • Graduate Theses
  • Rare Books Collection
  • Reference Sources
  • Regional Collection
  • Vertical Files (from the “Mining and the Environment database”)

Special Collections are accessible to everyone, but must be consulted in the Angus Gilbert Reading Room. All Special Collections publications can be found in the J.N. Desmarais Library online catalogue. It is unnecessary to make an appointment to view these publications.

Faculty Collection

Faculty collectionThe Faculty Collection consists of Laurentian University faculty publications.

All publications from the Faculty Collection are catalogued, and call numbers can be found in the online library catalogue.  Publications in this collection end with Fac (example: FC 3061 G47 1989 Fac).

Fourth Year Honours Essays

Fourth year honors essaysFourth Year Honours essays are written by undergraduate Laurentian University students. Call numbers for student essays can be found in the online library catalogue. You can search for an essay by author name, title, or subject.

You can also search by University department. In the Omni catalogue advanced search box enter in the search filters: call number contains: ESS. And in Any Field select the topic or department. You can also filter your search by language ( any language; English; French .. )

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In accordance with sections 29 and 30 of the Copyright Act (Exceptions for Educational Institutions, Libraries, Archives and Museums), you must complete a form provided at the Archives in order to obtain authorization to reproduce part of a student essay.

Graduate Theses

Graduate theses

Since the 1st of July, 2013, theses and Master’s essays are submitted electronically and deposited online in the  LUZoneUL research repository. You can search by author, title, subject or date.  While the Archives continues to store and give access to theses and Master’s essays that were submitted and approved prior to June 30th, 2013, as of that date, we no longer receive printed copies for preservation.

Laurentian University students’ Graduate theses and essays (prior to 2013) are housed in the archives.

Start your search for a thesis in the online library catalogue. You can search for the thesis by author’s name, title, or subject. 

You may also search using the title of the Master’s program. In the catalogue advanced search box enter in the search filters: call number contains: THE And in Any Field select the topic or program You can also filter your search by language ( any language; English; French .. )

Omni search screen

For Master's essays use M. ESS.  (M.spaceESS,) instead of THE

Omni search screen



Rare Books

Rare booksAll rare books housed in the Archives are catalogued, and call numbers can be found in the online library catalogue.

In order to help better serve you, we require the full call number found in the catalogue listing (example: 92-3333 C44 ).

Reproduction of rare books may be restricted because of a publication's fragility.  In such a case, the use of a camera may be permitted.

Reference Sources

Reference sourcesThis collection consists of Laurentian University publications such as the Laurentianna (yearbook) and the Gazette.

It also comprises finding aids for archival fonds from our holdings and other additional repositories.

We also conserve publications produced by Federal and Provincial government archives and publications related to our archival holdings. Call numbers for reference sources can be found in the online library catalogue.

Regional Collection

Regional collectionThe regional collection includes books and publications on Northern Ontario.

All books and publications from this collection are catalogued, and call numbers can be found in the online library catalogue. Call numbers for books from the regional collection end with Reg (example: TD 171.5 C32 S92 2001 Reg.).

Vertical Files

Vertical filesAs part of the Mining and Environment database, vertical files include copies of articles, article summaries, and papers.

All vertical files are catalogued, and call numbers can be found in the online library catalogue by selecting "Mining Environment Database" in the Laurentian Library menu.

Please note that, although each item is associated with a call number, the files are arranged alphabetically by title. Please ensure that you have the full title when you come to the Archives.