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About the Archives

About Us

Mission

1. To collect, organize, describe, preserve, and make available for research selected administrative and historical records of Ambrose University College, Ambrose Seminary, and their predecessors and successors.

2. To serve as the official archives of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (CMAC) and the Church of the Nazarene Canada.

3. To collect select materials on the history of the Christian and Missionary Alliance worldwide to provide support for courses in Alliance doctrine, history, and polity at Ambrose University College and Ambrose Seminary.

4. To collect and make available for research select collections of archival materials relating to the history of evangelicalism in Canada.

Archivist

H. D. (Sandy) Ayer, Director of Library Services and Archivist

email: sayer@ambrose.edu

phone: 403.410.2947

Location and Hours

The Ambrose Archives is housed in the Ambrose Library, and the archivist or his designate will be available to assist researchers 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday whenever the library is open.

Access

Like most archives, the Ambrose Archives does not allow the public direct access to its collections. However, we try to personalize our service as much as possible: staff members consult with researchers about their research topics and then retrieve the materials that the researchers are interested in viewing. We are also happy to respond to inquiries via e-mail or over the telephone.

Privacy legislation requires that the archives secure permission from the depositing office before making available to researchers official records that are less than 50 years old. 

History of the Ambrose Archives

The Ambrose Archives traces its origins to the Canadian Bible College/ Canadian Theological Seminary (CBC/CTS) Archives, which began in the late 1970’s. The CBC/CTS Archives became the official repository for the records of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (CMAC) in 1980, when the CMAC separated from its American parent. 

The CBC/CTS Archives became part of the Archibald-Thomson Archives in July 2003, with the beginning of the joint venture between Nazarene University College and what would become Alliance University College.
When the joint venture became Ambrose University College/Ambrose Seminary in September 2007, the Archibald-Thomson Archives became the Ambrose Archives.  The Ambrose Archives now houses the records of both parent institutions and their predecessors, the records of the CMAC, and, since 2007, the records of the Church of the Nazarene Canada. It also includes collections on the early history of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the history of evangelicalism in Canada.

The archives is housed together with a special research collection of books and periodicals on the history and theology of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Church of the Nazarene.

Library Information

New Catalogue Search!

We have successfully completed our migration to a new Library System!
Some functions of the catalogue (as well as login and accounts) will look a little different, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

New Account Logins

To access your account, click on the "My Library Account" button. This will direct you to the new catalog search, where you can access your account by clicking "My Account", then "Log In" in the top right corner. 

For Ambrose Students, Faculty and Staff - use your Ambrose credentials (full email and password) to log in to your account. 

For Community Members, you'll be asked to provide your email address. You will then recieve a link via email, which will allow you access to your account for one hour. 

Do not attempt to access your old system account (through old links or bookmarks) - logging in will not work and that information is no longer supported or connected to our new system! 

Library Hours of Operation

Spring & Summer Hours:

Monday:  8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday:  8:30am - 4:30pm

*Library closed Weekends & Stat Holidays

 

Contact

Phone: 403-410-2946
E-mail: library@ambrose.edu
Fax: 403-571-2556