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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

Library Information

The Ambrose Library serves the students, faculty and staff of Ambrose University College and Ambrose Seminary. It is one of the largest private academic libraries in western Canada. Its rapidly growing collection features more than 125,000 bound volumes and 185 magazine and journal titles. Particular strengths include Christian studies, history, music, behavioural science, business, English, and Islamics. For more information on the library’s collections, as well as annual reports, see below.

The library also seeks to serve the local congregations of the Church of the Nazarene in Canada and Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada (CMAC), as well as the broader Calgary community.

The Ambrose Archives, which is administered by the library, serves as the official repository for the institutional records of Ambrose University College, Ambrose Seminary, and the CMAC. In addition, a special research collection of books and periodicals documents the history and thought of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Church of the Nazarene.

Library Hours of Operation

June 10 - September 4:
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Library Closed Weekends & Stat Holidays

Contact

Phone: (403) 410-2946
Email: library@ambrose.edu
Fax: 403-571-2556

 

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