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Stories from the Archives

The stories in this section were written by Records Management and Archives staff. They are short texts or lists on an aspect of the history of Concordia University or one of its two founding institutions.

AIDS Policy

When the HIV/AIDS policy was adopted in 1988, Concordia was only the fourth university in Canada to define formal guidelines on AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

The Concordia Shuffle is an annual 6.5-kilometre walk, held in the fall, between the University's Sir George Williams and Loyola campuses to benefit student scholarships and bursaries. 

Creation of Departments at Sir George Williams

On February 17, 1961 the SGW Faculty Council agreed unanimously that the College would adopt the designations “department” and department “chairman” to reflect the already existing reality within the divisions of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Commerce.

Installation Ceremonies at Concordia University

Universities and university ceremonies are steeped in medieval traditions and pageantry.

McGee Lintel Stones at Concordia University

Concordia University has been the home since 1962 of the lintel stones from Thomas D'Arcy McGee's Montreal home.

Patrick Malone

Rectors and Presidents of Loyola College

Sir George Williams University History

The history of Sir George Williams University began with the establishment of the Young Men's Christian Association in Montreal in 1851.

Roll of Honour, 1914-1918

Roll of Honour, 1914-1918

Concordia Yearbook, 1998

Ice storm of 1998

Shuffle through the years

Coat of Arms & Armorial Bearings



Georgiantics was an annual musical review of all original material--skits, songs, and dances.

Loyola College construction on a melon farm

Loyola College History

Loyola College grew out of the English programme of Collège Sainte-Marie, and was established as a separate entity in 1896.

Merger of Loyola College & Sir George Williams University: A Chronology

Naming Concordia - Concordia Salus

Like naming a new-born baby, naming a new university is very important and sometimes difficult!

Henry F. Hall

Rectors and Presidents of Concordia University

Fabrikant Affair

On August 24, 1992, an armed man opened fire on the ninth floor of the Henry F. Hall Building resulting in the death of four professors.

Memorial in Hall Building Lobby

Four Concordia University faculty members died as a result of shootings by another faculty member on August 24, 1992.

Hall Bulding

Hall Building

Inaugurated on October 14, 1966, the Henry F. Hall Building is named after Henry F. Hall, who is an important figure of Sir George Williams University.

Chancellors of Sir George Williams University

Computer Centre Incident

Concordia's Rhodes Scholars

Long Service Awards at Concordia University - A Brief History

Concordia University's Long Service awards began in 1963, as an initiative to recognize the service of members of the faculty and staff who had been associated with Sir George Williams University for twenty years or more, and to pay tribute to their contributions to the institution.

Montreal Shamrocks

On March 14, 1899, and again on March 7, 1900, three Loyola pioneers starred with the Montreal Shamrocks as the team won the Stanley Cup in two consecutive years.

Santhanam Affair

From the summer of 1969 to the spring of 1970 Loyola College students and faculty mounted a campaign of petitions, gatherings, sit- ins, and occupations to demonstrate the manner in which the university administration was handling an appeal from Loyola professor, Dr. S. Santhanam.

Winter Carnivals at Concordia University

Winter Carnival at Concordia was a time for student fun and games.

Major-General Georges-Philéas Vanier

Loyola Boys at the front

Records Management and Archives would like to pay tribute to the Loyola Alumni and Students who took part in the Great War and particularly to the 37 who lost their lives.

Charter Day at SGW

Concordia's Charter turns 70

In 1948, Sir George Williams College, one of Concordia's founding institutions, officially obtained its university charter although it had been granting degrees since 1936-37.

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