Thematic Research Guides

The SFU Archives' finding aids are provenance-based (i.e. organized by the creating bodies, persons or families). To supplement these, we also prepare subject-based, thematic, or interactive guides.

Looking for more information about the history of SFU? Check out our SFU History guides.

How did women’s rights evolve at SFU?

Learn about the womens' movement on campus and beyond, and the records that document it. Along the way, discover tips for conducting your own archival research on this subject.

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SFU Campus Politics: A Guide to Sources

The Archives holds a wealth of material relating to the history of campus politics at SFU: protests, demonstrations, sit-ins, occupations, strikes. This guide briefly describes key events from 1965 up to the 1980s, identifies the main records creators, and traces the fate of their records.

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CREATIVE British Columbia: a Guide to Arts and Culture Resources in the SFU Archives

This guide highlights individuals and organizations that have contributed to the arts and cultural life of British Columbia and whose records are preserved in SFU's archival holdings.

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In 2021, the Archives began to acquire records relating to British Columbia's brewing history – from documentation of BC's early, pre-Prohibition brewers to the records of the contemporary craft beer scene. Read more about our holdings, recent acquisitions, and other research resources on BC's beer history.

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