About the records and collections

In-person visitors can engage with records through interactive technology at the Centre. The records can also be accessed at any time online. Click the button below to open the Centre’s Collections website in a new tab.

Research support is available for Survivors and their families looking for personal records.  

Responding to the desire for Survivors and their families to have a single point of access to residential school records, the Centre provides access to an online database containing digital copies of records from partner organizations. This single access point brings together records that are otherwise dispersed online and in physical spaces. 

The records and collections available include the perspectives of students and their parents; church officials, clergy, and school staff; Indian agents and other government officials; journalists; and contemporary leaders, community members, and scholars. Available records include:

  • Survivor testimonies
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings 
  • Photographs
  • Maps and site plans
  • Government documents
  • Church documents
  • Belongings 
  • Newspaper articles
  • Library resources