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Digital Resources

Archives and Special Collections has a growing list of digital resources. In addition to our on-line Finding Aids, which serve as guides to many of the archival materials we hold, Archives and Special Collections is actively digitizing materials in our collection. These materials may be found by following the links below.

Archer Library: Early Days

This exhibit presents photographs and documents related to the planning, construction, and opening of the Archer Library. Read the opening address from John H. Archer, learn more about Minoru Yamasaki’s vision for the campus, and see how much the Archer Library and the U of R campus has changed over the last 50 years.

Campus Art Guide

On this site you'll find information, images, and the locations of selected works of art displayed in the University of Regina’s campuses, located in Regina on Treaty 4 territory. Discover Saskatchewan’s rich history of artistic practice, including the modernist abstractions of the Regina Five, Indigenous sculpture, textiles and painting, ceramics from the Regina Clay movement, as well as Inuit sculpture, prints and textiles.

Darke Hall Digital Archives

This digital exhibit was launched to support the re-opening of Darke Hall in 2022 and promote the archival collection at the Dr. John Archer Libary and Archives. It features a sample of photography, letters, blueprints, and historical documents, all of which are available for research use in the Dr. John Archer Library and Archives.

Digital Collections

Digital and digitized items from the collections of Archives and Special Collections in the Dr. John Archer Library at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Doug Morton

Douglas Morton is one of the senior academic art administrators in Canada. Born in 1926 in Winnipeg, he studied art at the Winnipeg School of Art (1946-47), the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1947-48), the Academie Jullan, L'Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Studio of Andre L'Hote in Paris, France (1949), and the Camberwell School of Art and the studio of Martin Bloch in London, England (1950-51). His professional artistic career continued in 1951-53 as curator for the Calgary Allied Arts Centre. Although involved in the business world as vice-president and manager of MacKay-Morton Ltd in Regina from 1954 to 1967, Morton took an active interest in art. In 1961 Morton exhibited with Ken Lochhead, Art McKay, Ron Bloore, and Ted Godwin at the National Gallery of Canada in the show Five Painters from Regina. He joined the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus in 1967 as Director of Visual Arts and Associate Professor of Art. He left Regina few years later to take up a position at York University in Toronto. From 1969 to 1980, he held a variety of posts, including Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate M.F.A. Programme (1973-76), Acting Chairperson, Department of Visual Arts (1978), and Vice-chairperson of Senate (1979). Morton was also Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria 1980-85, and President, Alberta College of Art, 1985-87. Throughout his academic administrative career, Morton developed a reputation for effective management and the formulation of innovative and creative fine arts programs.


Florence A. Kirk: Letters from China, 1932-1950

Florence Kirk taught English at Ginling College in China. Raised on a homestead in Saskatchewan, China was an exotic adventure that Florence documented with letters home to family and friends. 413 letters, consisting of about 2700 pages, are presented here. The letters provide a compelling, captivating, and profoundly moving account of life in China during a tumultuous period of its modern history.

Florence Kirk Letters

Florence A. Kirk spent 18 years teaching English at Ginling College in Nanking (Nanjing), China. In Nanjing Kirk was witness to both the Japanese invasion and occupation (1937-45) and the civil war that resulted in the establishment of the People's Republic. Her archival collection contains a series of correspondence, covering the period from 1932 to 1950, that provides a compelling, captivating, and profoundly moving record of war through the eyes of a Saskatchewan resident.

Historical Press Releases

This collection of University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus and University of Regina news releases from the University of Regina Archives consists of 2,700+ unique items going back to 1962. This collection builds on the news releases currently available in oURspace via the External Relations community.

Historical (Pre-2010) Theses


Mary Filer: Artist’s Archive, 1920-2016 

Mary Filer (1920-2016) is remembered as a talented artist and master of several mediums, including drawing, painting, glass sculpture, and mural work. This online exhibit showcases a range of artwork from the Mary Filer archival collection, including Filer’s series of watercolours documenting Regina in the 1940s, linocuts and charcoals from the 1950s and 1960s, and abstract works produced in the 1980s.

Regina College – An Historical Timeline

A detailed timeline of the evolution of Regina College from the early 20th century to 1959. The timeline is augmented with selections from general calendars, yearbooks, student newspapers and other publications. Also included are photographs and a set of interactive maps.

Regina College and the First World War - The Great War

Drawing on materials held at the University of Regina Archives & Special Collections this website documents the local contribution and sacrifice to the ‘Great War’. In 1914 Regina College, the precursor of the University of Regina, was a small Methodist college on the Canadian prairie. By the end of the war over 141 students and faculty members would go off to fight. What follows are their stories and others.

Saskatchewan History Online

A searchable collection of photographs, videos, audio, and textual materials like letters, books, and diaries from galleries, libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions across the province. The University of Regina participates in this province-wide initiative to digitize materials relating to Saskatchewan history and heritage.

Saskatchewan's Visual Arts

Saskatchewan's visual arts are celebrated in this innovative online collection consisting of archival photographs, documents, and resource links exploring the provincial contribution to the visual arts since 1950.

Spectacle, Sport & Story: Picturing the 1936 Olympics

This short film features a set of 1936 Olympic trading cards from the Theodore Heinrich collection. It tells the story of the winter and summer games that were both held in Nazi Germany.

Wish You Were Here

Web site of over 4,500 postcards found in eleven archives throughout Saskatchewan, including the University of Regina.