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University of Alberta

University of Alberta Archives
Books and Records Depository
c/o Cameron Library, University of Alberta
8170 50th Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 1E6
Telephone: (780) 492-0531
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm; closed 12:00-1:00

Holdings consist of the permanently valuable records of the University of Alberta and its affiliated organizations and institutions including the administrative and operational records of the offices of the Presidents and the Vice-presidents, the faculties and departments, and support units; the records of teaching, research and administrative staff and organizations which have made a significant contribution to the University; the records of individuals and organizations prominent in such fields as oil sands research, Canadian publishing, irrigation, land settlement, the fur trade and the North, medicine, and the literary arts. The holdings consist of textual documents, photographs, audio and video tapes, blueprints and posters. Some records are restricted and not available to the public. The collection covers the years from 1742 to the present, however most records date from 1908.

Holdings are described in the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

Of Genealogical Interest:

  • Ÿ staff bulletins (biographies, photos, files)
  • Ÿ University of Alberta yearbooks (Evergreen & Gold)
  • Ÿ convocation programs
  • Ÿ student telephone directories (1948-1980?)
  • Ÿ Normal School yearbooks (1935-1945 with some missing)
  • Ÿ Alumni Magazines (New Trail/Trail)

University of Calgary

University of Calgary Archives
McKimmie Library Tower
2500 University Drive North West
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Telephone: (403) 220-7271
Email: uarc@
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am-4:30 pm

The University Archives houses records of several administrative units on campus. Accessions include: operating files, minutes, correspondence and reports; access to some material may be restricted. Semiofficial records include acquisitions from the Students’ Union and the Faculty Association and from individuals such as the first principal, Dr. A.L. Doucette, and the first president, Dr. H.S. Armstrong. Yearbooks are available as well as calendars, annual reports, handbooks, news clippings, convocation lists and commemorative programmes. The Archives also retains various newsletter publications including the very early University Report, The Gazette and the student newspaper, the Gauntlet.

Approximately 80,000 photographs have been organized and indexed. Archival copies of University of Calgary masters theses and doctoral dissertations are housed in the University Archives. The bibliography of theses and dissertations provides access by author, title, supervisor, department, subject, and geographic region. Earlier records reflect the university’s origins in the Calgary Normal School. The University Archives has an incomplete set of Normal School yearbooks published under various titles as well as a handsome leather-bound manuscript chronicle prepared by the class of 1936-1937. A preliminary announcement and a calendar from 1912-1915 document an attempt to develop a university in Calgary nearly three-quarters of a century ago.

Finding aids or boxlists for 80 percent of accessions and on the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

University of Lethbridge

University of Lethbridge Archives
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
Telephone: (403) 329-2714

Holdings consist of the official records of the University, official University publications, papers of the faculty and staff, and audio and visual records of the University’s development and activities. Although some files date from 1885, most records are from 1967.

P.D. Fleck Library and Archives

P.D. Fleck Library and Archives
The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Road
Banff, Alberta
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; appointment suggested
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1020 Banff, Alberta T1L 1H5
Telephone: (403) 762-6100

The Banff Centre began in 1933 as part of the University of Alberta, transferred to the University of Calgary in 1966, and became autonomous in 1978. It has evolved to become a centre for training mid-career professionals in all facets of the arts and management. Initially called the Banff School of Fine Arts, it is now called The Banff Centre for Continuing Education, and is composed of three divisions: Centre for the Arts, Centre for Management and Centre for Conferences.

The mandate consists of all official records, specifically those records made, received and accumulated by Banff Centre officials and various governing bodies of The Banff Centre. In addition, semiofficial records (including Centre-sponsored clubs, associations, newsletters & calendars), private papers of faculty and staff, and publications of resident artists, alumni and faculty are collected. The holdings consist of written documents, photographs, videos, sound recordings, technical drawings, production set models and posters. Restrictions apply in some areas.

Please note the collection is recent, dating from 1978. Earlier records may be available through the University of Alberta or University of Calgary.

No published guide. Inventory listings at file level for 80 percent of holdings in Inmagic database. Fonds-level descriptions on Archives Network of Alberta are currently in progress.

Thomas A. Edge Archives and Special Collections

Thomas A. Edge Archives and Special Collections
Athabasca University
1 University Drive
Athabasca, Alberta T9S 3A3
Telephone: (780) 675-6268
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

The Thomas A. Edge Archives was established in 1979 and constitutes the official ‘memory’ of Athabasca University representing the accumulated experience of an educational community that has contributed greatly to the history and development of distance education. The Archives holdings are comprised of the permanently valuable records generated by or relating to Athabasca University.

Of Genealogical Interest:

  • Ÿ staff clipping files
  • Ÿ periodicals—staff newsletters
  • Ÿ student association newsletters
  • Ÿ lists of graduating students
  • Ÿ convocation programs

Municipal Archives

City of Calgary Archives

City of Calgary Archives
313 - 7 Avenue South East
Calgary, Alberta
Telephone: (403) 268-8180
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2100, Station M
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5

Holdings consist of records generated by or related to the Corporation of the City of Calgary and related agencies dating from 1884 to the present. These include Council minutes, bylaws, contract agreements, department administrative and operational records, briefs, studies and reports, municipal handbooks, assessment records and voters lists.

The Archives is also the official repository for records relating to the XV Olympic Winter Games, mainly those of the Organizing Committee, OCO (Organizing Committee Olympique) ‘88. These consist of written documents, agreements, correspondence, photographs, blueprints, posters, pamphlets, reports, artifacts, audio tapes and the original broadcast videotapes.

Of Genealogical Interest

  • Ÿ biographies of mayors and alder persons
  • Ÿ assessment & tax rolls (1935-1938) by property legal description only
  • Ÿ land department records (1896-1991)
  • Ÿ photographs

Published inventories are available for the records of OCO ‘88.

City of Edmonton Archives

City of Edmonton Archives
Old Prince of Wales Armouries
10440 - 108 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3Z9
Telephone: (780) 496-8711

Holdings consist of records of the Corporation of the City of Edmonton and surrounding areas acquired by annexation dating from the 1880s. This material includes: Council minutes, by-laws, correspondence, administrative records, tax rolls, blueprints, building permits, oral history interviews, photographs and moving images. Also included in the Archives’ non-government records are manuscript collections relating to founders of Edmonton and district, records of local businesses, sporting organizations, social clubs, other organizations and individuals. The archives is the official repository for the records of the 1978 Commonwealth Games and the 1983 Universiade Games.

Guides available at City of Edmonton Archives or on the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

Of Genealogical Interest:

  • tax rolls (1892-1970)
  • municipal voter’s lists (1895, 1897, 1958- )
  • historical photographs (over 100,000 dating from 1880s)
  • newspapers
  • Edmonton Bulletin (1880-1951)
  • Edmonton Journal (1903 to present)
  • Strathcona Plaindealer
  • Edmonton Capital
  • historic and current maps of Edmonton from 1882
  • oral histories
  • school registers for Strathcona Jr. High School 1953-1968
  • North Edmonton Elementary School (1911-1959)
  • Alex Taylor Elementary School (1933-1970)
  • Oliver Elementary School (1908-1965)
  • 1885 Descendants’ Register—biographical sketches of 1885 Edmonton residents and their descendants
  • clipping file from 1920s to present
  • Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association bio files and photos
  • 1899 Edmonton civic census
  • Edmonton Cemetery comp files (1886-1900)
  • historical books and publications

Other Municipal Archives

Athabasca Library and Archives
4716 - 48 Street
Athabasca, Alberta
Telephone: (780) 675-2735
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2099
Athabasca, Alberta T9S 2B6

Holdings consist of materials relating to the Town of Athabasca, County of Athabasca and related regions from 1886 to the present. These include a complete set of newspapers published in Athabasca from 1908 to the present, textual records, photographs, maps, blueprints, sound and moving images, a small reference library and periodical collection and artifacts.

Of Genealogical Interest:

  •  Alice B. Donahue Collection—biographical sketches, some school records
  •  clipping file
  •  Trail North Foundation Collection—biographical information on persons living along the Athabasca Landing Trail

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
(Banff Archives)
111 Bear Street
Banff, Alberta
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 160
Banff, Alberta T1L 1A3
Telephone: (403) 762-2291 ext. 335
Archives: Monday to Friday 10:00 pm-5:00 pm; Closed 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

The archives’ intent is to acquire material created in or pertaining to the region bounded by the 49th parallel, Peace River, Front Ranges and Columbia Mountains. Holdings include records and collections including the Alpine Club of Canada, 1906-, and the Peter and Catharine Whyte records (1856-1980). Research strengths centre around mountain areas, mountaineering, recreation, biography, arts and culture, environment, family life, national parks, tourism, business, transportation, human and natural history and resources. Accompanied by Archives Library and Alpine Club of Canada Library.

Finding aids include various databases, hard-copy finding aids and visual reference files available. Descriptions available on the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

Edson District Public Library Archives

Edson District Public Library Archives
4726 8th Avenue
Edson,Alberta T7E 1S8
Telephone: (780) 723-6691
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am-8:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 pm-3:00 pm

The Edson Archives houses a variety of material pertaining to the Town of Edson and surrounding area. Holdings date from 1858, but primarily from 1908-1970. This material is made up of photographs, documents, diaries, maps, newspapers, etc. Included are municipal records and a large collection of Coal Branch photos and information. In general terms the boundaries of the area covered are: east to Wildwood; west to Medicine Lodge; north to Shining Bank and south to Mountain Park. Finding aids available in card catalogue form by subject heading.

Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives

Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives
400 Bonhomme Street
Jasper, Alberta
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 42
Jasper, Alberta T0E 1E0
Telephone: (780) 852-3013

Archival researchers are encouraged to make an appointment during these hours. Exceptions to these hours may be made for special circumstances. The mandate of the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives is to collect, preserve and make available for research and exhibition documents and artifacts that serve to illustrate the human history of Jasper National Park and area and the Yellowhead corridor (1880-1980). The archives is the official repository for the records of the Jasper–Yellowhead Historical Society. Private papers consisting of documents, correspondence, photographs and maps are open to research. Local newspapers are available on microfilm. A library of relevant books is open for research. Holdings are described in the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

Of Genealogical Interest
  • Ÿ Constance Peterson Collection (1900-1980) diaries, journals, botanical collection
  • Ÿ files relating to individuals with index Ÿ

Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives

Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives
502 1st St. South
Lethbridge, Alberta
Mailing address:
910 4th Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0P6
Telephone: Archives: (403) 329-7302

Holdings of records generated by, or relating to Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta from 1874 to the present. The collections include City of Lethbridge records, and privately donated records which document the human history of the region. Manuscript holdings include history of the municipal government of Lethbridge, irrigation, the performing and visual arts, coal mining and various community groups. The photograph and moving image holdings include agriculture, urban landscape of the city of Lethbridge, coal mining and portrait work. Maps and technical drawings are the fastest growing part of the Archives’ holdings and include architectural drawings, fire insurance maps for Lethbridge, and a great number of technical drawings dealing with irrigation, telephone, electrical and other service systems.

Of Genealogical Interest Ÿ
  • name index covers all parts of the collection
  • clipping files Ÿ
  • oral history tapes
  • Henderson Directories (1897-1986)
  • city directories
  • municipal tax rolls (1891-1906)
  • municipal file and insurance maps
  • Ÿsouthern Alberta local histories
  • newspapers with indexes Ÿ
  • Macleod Gazette
  • Fort Benton Record (1870-1880-2)
  • Index of Lethbridge Herald photographs from 1940
  • Italian-Albertan biographical files (1948-1980)
  • cemetery records (1885-1991) on computer
  • Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District case files (1920-1960) Ÿ
  • Twentieth Anti-Tank Veterans Association membership lists (1939-1946)
  • Lethbridge Rotary Club records (1918-1987); Kiwanis, I.O.D.E. and other service groups

Esplanade Art and Heritage Center

Esplanade Art and Heritage Center
401 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8W2
Telephone: (403) 502-8580
An appointment is required.
Special arrangements may be made for out of town researchers.

The mandate is to acquire, preserve and make available, records which document the social, commercial, industrial and agricultural development of southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan dating from 1880. Special collections within the manuscript holdings include:

  • Ÿ MH Chamber of Commerce (1900-1985)
  • Ÿ MH Police Service (1911-1993)
  • Ÿ MH General Hospital (1888-1989)
  • Ÿ F.M. Ginther Land Company (1901-1921)
  • Ÿ Cypress School Division (1904-1965)
  • Ÿ MH School District No. 76 (1885-1985)
  • Ÿ Women’s Literary Club (1906-1984)
  • Ÿ John W. Bennett Research Papers (1960-1990)
  • Ÿ building permit books (1905-1945)
Of Genealogical Interest
  • information files on individuals Ÿ
  • obituaries from Medicine Hat News (indexed alphabetically)
  • obituary scrapbooks

These collections and others, are complimented by an extensive inventory of photographic images and an audio visual and reference/research library.

Finding aids are available for larger collections. Holdings are also described in the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

Red Deer and District Museum Archives

Red Deer and District Museum Archives
4525 - 47A Avenue
Red Deer,Alberta
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 5008
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 3T4
Telephone: (403) 309-8403
Email: archives@reddeer.c
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am-4:30 pm

The Archives collections, dating from 1880 to the present, relate primarily to the City of Red Deer and its immediate vicinity in Central Alberta. It holds records for several other public bodies and institutions, as well as numerous organizations, associations, churches, cemeteries, businesses, unions, cooperatives, lodges and clubs. There is a strong emphasis on genealogical information and research with an extensive set of biographical files on local families and residents.

Local Records
  • Ÿ biography files (1950-1991) Ÿ
  • Central Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association Collection (1955-1986)
  • Ÿ newspaper clippings
  • Ÿ North Red Deer 75th Anniversary Committee collection (1981-1987)
  • Ÿ personal history collections
  • Ÿ New Hill P.O. civil registration district (1909-1938)
Church Records
  • Anglican Diocese of Calgary
  • St. Luke’s Parish Red Deer (1899-1950) (transcriptions)
  • St. Leonard’s-on-the-Hill Parish Red Deer (1960-1980) (photocopies)
  • Reverend John M. Fraser (Presbyterian) registers from South-central Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan (1930-1940
  • Red Deer Presbytery records (1892-1927)
  • Gaetz United Church records (Red Deer) (1915-1979) photocopied registers of births, marriages and deaths
  • Roman Catholic
  • Notre Dame d’Assomption Parish Sylvan Lake baptism and burial records (1900-1914)
  • Sacred Heart Parish Red Deer photocopies of birth, marriage and death records (1905-1944)
Other Records
  • Ÿ school records from Red Deer and surrounding districts
  • Ÿ newspapers Red Deer, Innisfail, Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Lacombe and others
  • Ÿ Western Canada census (1832-1901) on microfilm
  • Ÿ Red Deer Memorial Hospital records
  • Ÿ Red Deer College records Ÿ
  • farm organizations
  • Ÿ women’s organizations
  • cooperative associations
  • Ÿ interlibrary loan for minimal cost

City of Wetaskiwin Archives

City of Wetaskiwin Archives
4904 - 51 Street
Wetaskiwin, Alberta T9A 2E9
Telephone: (780) 361-4423
An appointment is not required but it is recommended.

Holdings consist of a large volume of records generated by or relating to the City of Wetaskiwin dating from 1892. These include by-laws, contract agreements, assessment records, insurance and engineering maps, studies and reports and financial records. Other holdings include attendance records and minute books from several local school districts; minutes and administrative records from the Wetaskiwin Hospital District; records of various community organizations; family papers; photographs; and a small oral history collection.

Holdings are described in the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

Of Genealogical Interest

Ÿ Daisy Lucas Papers (documents on Wetaskiwin families with index) Ÿ obituaries (1950-1991) Ÿ birth and marriage announcements

Other Archives

Calgary Police Service Interpretive Centre and Archives

Calgary Police Service Interpretive Centre and Archives
2nd Level, 316 - 7th Avenue South East
Calgary, Alberta
Mailing address:
133 - 6th Avenue South East
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4Z1
Telephone: (403) 268-8927
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am-4:30 pm; appointment required

The archives houses the permanent records generated by or related to the Calgary Police Service from 1883 to the present. There are approximately 75,000 negatives, prints and slides in the photographic collection. The holdings represent most departments of the Police Service including Major Crimes, Human Resources, Chief’s Office, Bureau of Operations and the Calgary Police Commission minutes and correspondence. Personnel files include rank and promotions, however most material in these files are confidential. There is a small library of approximately 200 books. Finding aids are available for most collections.

Edmonton Police Museum and Archives

Edmonton Police Museum and Archives
Third Floor, Police Headquarters
9620 - 103 A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 0H7
Telephone: (780) 421-2274
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00 am-3:00 pm; an appointment is required

The facility is primarily a museum but has an ongoing programme of collecting police personnel records and memorabilia. The archives contains materials pertaining to the Edmonton Police Service records, from 1892 to 1970, dealing with arrests, prisoners, and security, but also includes police financial statements and year-end reports. Some material relating to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Alberta Provincial Police personnel. The information on the personnel dates from 1914 and is only available to family members. Stacks are closed and are only accessible through the archivist.

Edmonton Public Schools Archives/Museum

Edmonton Public Schools Archives/Museum
Historic McKay Avenue School
10425 - 99 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0E5
Telephone: (780) 422-1970

Located in Edmonton’s oldest (1904) brick school, the museum/archives preserves and displays the history of Edmonton Public Schools.

Holdings, which date from the 1880’s to the present, with records from 1900-1940 predominately, include records and objects pertinent to the Edmonton Public School Board and the business of Edmonton Public Schools, such as board minutes, administration records, personnel and student records, authorized Alberta textbooks, photographs, school cultural material, sports equipment and school furniture. The 1881 (Edmonton) School, the first public school in Alberta (also restored), is located on the same property.

Of Genealogical Interest
  • pupil records from the early 1900s to early 1940s and class lists from the early 1940s to 1965. (Contact Edmonton Public School Board for pupil records from 1950 to present)
  • photographs
  • student and staff records

Pupil attendance and health records contain a wealth of genealogical information: date of birth, parents, address, occupation and previous schools. Cumulative records for pupils, beginning about 1950, are held by the Edmonton Public School Board. Some of these records are restricted. Written requests will be answered: a donation is appreciated.

Ukrainian-Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta

Ukrainian-Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta
9543 - 110 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 1H3
Telephone: (780) 424-7580
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Saturday noon-5:00 pm

Established in 1972 to preserve documents and artifacts relating to Ukrainian life history, customs, traditions, art forms, etc. in Alberta.

  • books (some in Ukrainian) Ÿ
  • taped interviews Ÿ
  • manuscripts Ÿ
  • newspapers Ÿ
  • photographs Ÿ
  • diaries Ÿ
  • maps Ÿ
  • family letters, private papers Ÿ
  • audio records of folk music

Canadian Moravian Historical Society Archives 

Canadian Moravian Historical Society Archives
2304-38 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6L 4K9
Telephone: (780) 440-3050
Hours: by appointment only

Located in the Moravian Church (in Mill Woods) the archives include early records of settlement in the Edmonton and Bruderheim areas from 1895 to the present. Congregational diaries record the founding of the congregations. Registers contain records of births, deaths, marriages and confirmations. Ongoing activities are found in the minutes of meetings of groups, congregations and synods. List of publications highlight works published to date. Written requests will be answered: a donation for research would be appreciated.

Edmonton Telephones Historical

Edmonton Telephones Historical Centre
Centre Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre
10440 - 108 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 188 STN Main
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2J1
Telephone: ( (780) 433-1010
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Edmonton Telephone Directories begin in 1906 however the center has directories from as early as 1895. There is also a photograph collection of people related with Edmonton communications. This is also a telephone museum.

Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Museum and Archives

Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Museum and Archives
11620 - 168 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5M 4A6
Telephone: (780) 453-0534
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm; appointment is required

The collection documents the history, functions and development of the professional association and professional nursing in Alberta. Beginning in 1856, but primarily from the 1940s, it includes materials of closely-related organizations such as schools of nursing, alumni chapters, district and interest group records and the records of individuals closely connected with the work of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses. These include correspondence, reports, minutes, registers, directives, announcements, publications, as well as audio-visual materials such as microfilm, film, tapes, records, photographs and drawings related to association development. There is little personal information.

Legal Archives Society of Alberta

Legal Archives Society of Alberta
510, 919 - 11 Avenue South West
Calgary, Alberta T2R 1P3
Telephone: (403) 244-5510
Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 am-4:30 pm; appointment required

Archives of lawyers, judges, and legal organizations in Alberta: documents include: files, photographs, audio-visual materials and sound recordings. Other programs are: legal history library, publications, oral history, exhibitions and interpretation, and records consulting. Collection dates from 1880 to 1995: predominant dates, 1930-1980. There is also a reference library of other sources.

Finding aids: Guide to Holdings, 1995 File-level inventories to some holdings. Also described in the Archives Network of Alberta Database.

Credit Union Central Alberta Ltd. Archives

Credit Union Central Alberta Ltd. Archives
350N - 8500 Macleod Trail South East
Calgary, Alberta T2H 2N1
Telephone: (403) 258-7903
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm; appointment is required

The collection documents the development of the credit union movement (Credit Union League) in Alberta. Records include correspondence, minutes, photographs, annual reports, audio cassettes, newsletters and other publications dating from 1938 to 1993.

Inventories and file listings are available to researchers.


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