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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
staff bulletins (biographies, photos, files)
University of Alberta yearbooks (Evergreen & Gold)
student telephone directories (1948-1980?)
Normal School yearbooks (1935-1945 with some missing)
Alumni Magazines (New Trail/Trail)
University of Calgary Archives
McKimmie Library Tower
2500 University Drive North West
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Telephone: (403) 220-7271
Email: uarc@ ucalgary.ca
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 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 & Archives
The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Road
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; appointment suggested
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 & Special Collections
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
staff clipping files
student association newsletters
lists of graduating students
City of Calgary Archives
313 - 7 Avenue South East
Telephone: (403) 268-8180
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
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
biographies of mayors and alder persons
assessment & tax rolls (1935-1938) by property legal description only
land department records (1896-1991)
Published inventories are available for the records of OCO ‘88.
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- )
• Note that voter’s lists for other years are held by Edmonton Census and Election Branch of the Officer of the City Clerk
• historical photographs (over 100,000 dating from 1880s)
• 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 & Archives
4716 - 48 Street
Telephone: (780) 675-2735
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
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