Provincial Archives of Alberta

The Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) acquires, preserves and publicly makes available records from government, individual people and organizations for researchers of all ages.

Discover a piece of Alberta's past, find a lost relative or donate your own records and leave your mark on Alberta’s history. The doors are open for you to see Alberta in a different way.

Our vaults hold millions of documented historical facts, photos, films and other records about Alberta’s past. Whether you are a seasoned genealogist or a student researching your next project, we have the resources and staff to point you in the right direction.

Contact us today to get started.

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The Provincial Archives of Alberta’s Sandra Thomson Reading Room will be closed for the holiday season from Monday, December 18, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018 inclusive. Please see our Holiday schedule for details.

In honour of the 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever exhibit, visitors to the PAA are invited to drop off non-perishable food items.

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150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever

From human rights to sports, politics to environmental protection, Albertans did it first. Learn more by experiencing the exhibit from July 1, 2017 – August 1, 2018!

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