NRC Archives

The NRC Archives preserve NRC records of permanent historical value and make them accessible to the NRC and the public. They highlight the NRC's progress since its founding in 1916 and promote the history of science, research, and innovation in Canada.

The collection includes:

The NRC Archives provide 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, the 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 the 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.

Accessing the NRC Archives

You can visit the NRC Archives by appointment only. Visitors must complete and sign a registration form which signifies their agreement to abide by the Archives 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 4119
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.