The CMIC Arhcives
consists of items of traditional and innovative
home-grown Celtic musicians and collectors of Cape
Breton memorabilia. These collections reveal unique
features of the music within the context of community
and family. As we share information about the past lives
of musicians, we also keep company with those who carry
on the living tradition of music.
By collecting stories, tracing family connections, and recording community histories, our traditions as well as technical aspects of the music will be preserved for future generations. Musicians and enthusiastic followers will continue to enjoy the music that crisscrosses Scottish, Irish, Acadian, and Mi'kmaq heritages in Cape Breton.
If you have a specific topic to research, please contact us in advance so we can have material prepared for your visit.
We are able to store
documents, recordings, videos, photographs, letters, and many
items of informational value, in a climate-controlled
vault. Contact us if you have questions about making
a donation of items to the archives or library.
Materials on Site
Archival materials at the
Centre include audio Cassettes, Reel to Reels, CDs,
8-Tracks, 33, 45 and 78 Records, photographs, 8mm
slides, VHS and DVD video and
ephemera relating to the sound and sights of Cape
Breton's Celtic music traditions. For instance, The Inverness County Audio Collection is an extensive
resource of interviews with fiddlers, piano players,
dancers, and other musicians and cultural figures.
list of Archival Holdings (as
of March 2016)
consists of Tune books, local History books, Music and
Culture books, Family
History books and commercial recordings which are
available for visitors to listen to and read if they’d
like to become familiar with a musician, a tune, to
study features of the music or just spend time browsing
For more information, please contact us at: