Research Facilities

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has numerous resources available to complement and enhance our programs of study, including remarkable archives and research centres.

Research Institutes and Foundations


Memorial University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to a number of archival spaces, which contain unique collections reflecting the history, language, oral culture, folkways and popular culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Maritime History Archive (MHA) collection has proven valuable for research in many fields: for medical history, legal history, maritime history, labour and family history, documentary films, and web-based projects. From 2007-2012 the MHA attracted $671,692.55 in grants, $208,233.31 in other revenues, and $72,750.00 of in-kind funding. The English Language Research Centre (ELRC) has over 100,000 lexical files compiled for the Dictionary of Newfoundland English, as well as files and maps of local toponymy (place names), a collection of Newfoundland and Labrador proverbs and proverbial speech, a collection of family names (approximately a third of which appeared in Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, 1976; corr. edition 1998), and unique and extensive audio recordings, including Harold Paddock’s (Linguistics, retired) lexical Atlas interview recordings (representing some 130 traditional speakers from both the island and Labrador. The MUN Folklore Archives (MUNFLA) is a remarkable resource and is based on the contributions of students, faculty and other researchers for 40 years. MUNFLA comprises extensive collections of Newfoundland and Labrador folksongs and music (See MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada), folk narratives of many kinds, oral history, folk customs, beliefs and practices, childlore and descriptions of material culture, and Newfoundland popular culture. For more information about Humanities and Social Sciences Archives, see the Archives Report.

Laboratories, libraries, and reading rooms

Memorial University and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts a diverse range of facilities to serve Humanities and Social Sciences researchers. We list research facilities by academic unit below.

Memorial University

  • Memorial University’s StatCan Research Data Centre (RDC) provides researchers with access to Statistics Canada population and household survey microdata in a secure university setting.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • The Digital research center for qualitative research (DRCQR) provides access to high quality audio and video equipment and software to gather, preserve, process and analyze field data. The DRCQR also makes it possible for researchers to disseminate the results of their research activities back to the communities in which they work.
  • The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Digital Language Centre provides academic support to second language learners and to instructors of language and linguistics courses in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • The Computing Centre is dedicated to helping faculty members and graduate students working in the Humanities and Social Sciences with their computing needs.
  • The Humanities and Social Sciences Writing Centre offers help to Memorial students, undergraduate or graduate, who want help with their writing (SN2053 and the Commons).
  • Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies Lab (Mario Blaser; Bruneau Centre, IIC2003)


  • Collections Lab (Maria Lear, Curator; QC 1003), a material culture storage area where all collections currently being studied by faculty and graduate students are housed in an appropriate environment.
  • Conservation Lab (Donna Teasdale, Conservator; QC 1004); two lab spaces for both the chemical treatment and mechanical stabilization of excavated materials, houses large capacity freeze drier, pneumatic cleaning equipment, microscopes, Accumet ion/pH/ conductivity meter, portable dust collectors, holding tanks, walk-in cold storage, and bench space.
  • Labrador Archaeology Lab (Rankin/Whitridge; QC1005), wet/dry lab with bench space for the cataloguing and analysis of archaeological collections, faunal collection, photographic facilities and high-powered microscope.
  • Labrador Digital Lab (Rankin/Whitridge; QC1007); equipped with 3D scanner, drones (with lidar capabilities) computer stations for the processing and analysis of GIS, and other digital imagery.
  • Palaeoecology, Environmental Archaeology and Timescales (PEAT)Laboratory (Forbes/Ledger; QC-1000), offers bench space, a large sink equipped with a sediment trap, and low and high-powered microscopes for the extraction and analysis of pollen, insect and plant macrofossils from peatbogs and archaeological sites.
  • Historical Archaeology: Technology, Community, and Heritage (Hatch) Lab (Gaulton/Losier; QC 1014 and QC1015), provides space for the temporary storage, cataloguing and analysis of archaeological collections. The lab also contains the Peter Pope Library, GIS workstations and photographic facilities.
  • Memorial Applied Archaeological Sciences (MAAS)-micro Lab (Burchell; QC 1008) provides facilities for high-resolution micro-analytical materials analysis. Instrumentation includes a Bruker ALPHA II FITR, fully-automated Zeiss V.2 Axiozoom telecentric microscope with fluorescence, a hand-operated micromill and pXRF
  • Memorial Applied Archaeological Sciences (MAAS) Lab (Burchell/Grimes; QC 1019) is designed for biological (archaeological and modern) sample preparation for analytical methods in archaeology and sclerochronology, including stable (bulk and compound specific - amino acids) and radiogenic isotope analysis (C/N/O/Pb/Sr/S) in association with the CREAIT network, as well as thin-section preparation, and high-resolution digital light microscopy.
  • North Atlantic Archaeology at Risk (NAAR) Lab (QC-1003A) houses remote sensing equipment including Ground Penetrating Radar, and gradiometers as well as RTK for use by faculty and students, and computer stations


  • English Language Research Centre’s mandate is to “encourage and facilitate the investigation of the English language in Newfoundland and Labrador, and to continue research in languages, place-names, and family names.”
  • The Seary Room, a library and reading room (A3014)



  • Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development (Ratana Chuenpagdee; Bruneau, IIC3063)
  • Environmental Lead Project (Trevor Bell; Computer Science or CS 1015)
  • Laboratory for Mining, e-waste, resources (Josh Lepawsky, Arn Keeling; CS 1016)
  • Soil and Core Sampling (Trevor Bell, Evan Edinger; SN 1016)
  • Tree Ring Sampling (Trevor Bell; SN 1024)
  • GISscience Laboratory (Rodolphe Devillers, SN 1026)
  • Marine Geomatics (Rodolphe Devillers; SN 1027)
  • Climate Analysis Lab (Joel Finnis; SN 2010)


  • Aboriginal Languages Research Laboratory (Marguerite MacKenzie, Carrie Dyck; SN 4044)
  • Speech Sciences and Phonology Lab (Yvan Rose; SN 4046-4048)
  • Memorial University Sociolinguistics Lab (MUSL; CRC in Regional Languages and Text, Gerard Van Herk; Facilities Management or IIC 2006).


  • The Kiefte room and library (A-3069)

Religious Studies

  • Grad/Student Library (AA5033)
  • Religion and Newfoundland and Labrador archives (AA5028)