NRC archives


The NRC Archives is responsible for the preservation of NRC records of permanent historical value and making them accessible to NRC and the public. The aim is to highlight NRC's progress since its founding in 1916 and promote the history of science in Canada.

The NRC Archives collection includes:

NRC Archives provides the following services:

  • comprehensive research
  • historical fact checking
  • archival consultation
  • photocopies of original documents

What materials will the NRC Archives accept?

The NRC Archives will accept historical NRC material in most formats, including but not limited to: printed, electronic, visual records, sound recordings and oral history tapes. The NRC Archives will not accept material in non-paper media, such as inaccessible computer discs, that cannot be adequately preserved for the long-term or that can't be migrated to modern standards. In addition, materials are accepted as gifts only and must come from a bona fide source and have a demonstrable provenance.

With respect to the Crown's copyright, NRC grants you the following rights under certain conditions.

  1. Rights
    You have the right to:
    1. Copy, distribute and transmit the work.
    2. Reproduce the work for personal or public non-commercial purposes, or for cost-recovery purposes.
  2. Conditions
    1. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the Government of Canada (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
    2. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
    3. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.
  3. Agreement
    1. Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from NRC.
    2. Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  4. Notice
    For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.
  5. Licensing and information
    To request a license to reproduce the work on this website for commercial purposes, please contact the NRC Archives Officer.

Accessing the NRC Archives

Visits to the NRC Archives are available by appointment only. Visitors must complete and sign a registration form which signifies their agreement to abide by Archive rules.

Every attempt will be made to provide access to the NRC Archives collection, but there may be occasions when some material may be exempt on grounds of confidentiality, restricted access conditions or for conservation reasons.

Contact us

NRC Archives
100 Sussex Drive, Rm 1038S
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6

Toll free: 1-877-672-2672

Hours of service
Monday to Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.