About the project

Since 1957, the Beaton Institute and its predecessor Cape Bretoniana has served as the regional archives for Cape Breton Island. The Beaton Institute collects and preserves the social, economic, political and cultural history of the Island and through this mandate supports and fosters research related to Cape Breton - its people, its industry, its history, and its rich cultural heritage. It is through our collections that the Beaton Institute serves those who quest for knowledge - the student, the teacher, the filmmaker, the author, the genealogist, the community.

The collection offers researchers a window through which to understand, compare, analyze and educate today by understanding and knowing our past. The goal of the archives is to collect and make available historically significant records in a manner that conveys the processes and contexts through which the record was created. The Beaton Institute for 50 years has endeavoured to preserve and make available those materials that have enduring value to our society.

Catherine Arseaneau, Manager, Beaton Institute

Music: Cape Breton's Diversity in Unity was built out of a partnership between the Beaton Institute and the local educational community and cultural sector. Our mandate was to make this music available online as a vehicle for study and understanding of Canadian culture, history, language and folklore.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our collaborators and partners, without which this project would not have been possible.

This project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through Canadian Culture Online.


Project Team


Project Partners


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