Kirkconnell Room

Kirkconnell Room Hours

The Kirkconnell Room, located on level B1, is the reading room for Archives and Special Collections. The room has several large tables, providing ample area for research and is wireless (also has data drops). The Kirkconnell Room is respected as a quiet area, free from food and drink. Pencils are provided to researchers working with collections. For more information about using materials in the Kirkconnell Room, please consult the Kirkconnell Room Rules.

Staff will be pleased to assist in retrieving materials, which are to be used in the Room. Due to the nature of archival and Special Collections materials, immediate retrieval is not always possible. We recommend you plan on 24-hours for retrieval of material from these Collections.

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Kirkconnell Books



In 1979, the Kirkconnell Room was officially opened and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Watson Kirkconnell, 9th President of Acadia University (1948-1964), whose personal library and papers were bequeathed to the University. It has been furnished with funds collected from Alumni— Class of 1952 and 1964.


Watson Kirkconnell Biography

Watson Kirkconnell

Watson Kirkconnell was born in 1895 in Port Hope, Ontario. He was educated at Queen's University and Oxford University, was an army officer, a professor of Latin, a professor of English, ninth president of Acadia University (1948 - 1964), a Milton scholar, author of many volumes of prose and poetry, historian, and genealogist. He was also the joint founder of the Federal Citizenship Branch (1940), the Humanities Research Council of Canada (1943) and the Baptist Federation of Canada (1944). In 1936 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Kirkconnell died on 26 February 1977.

For more information about Dr. Kirkconnell, see J. R. C. Perkin, Morning in His Heart: The Life and Writings of Watson Kirkconnell.

Access to Kirkconnell's personal library and papers can be arranged by calling the Kirkconnell Room, 902-585-1011, or by emailing