Explore Learning & Education

The Provincial Archives of Alberta and its holdings provide a great source of information and inspiration for educators and students young and old, whether elementary or university aged. Primary sources are the best and most immersive way for people to explore the past and discover what life in Alberta was like for over 100 years. When it comes to academic research at a college or university level, primary textual, photographic and other records are an absolute must-have.

Law and Original Order: Discovering Alberta's Court Records

Discover family history, mischief, murder and even the mundane through the extensive holdings of court records preserved by the Provincial Archives. Using this online exhibit, you will learn the history of the province's courts as well as how to use civil, criminal, probate, divorce and other court records effectively in your research.

Through selected documents, you can explore interesting and unusual court cases involving aboriginal peoples, women's rights, early settlement, fortune-telling, breweries, and Alberta criminals both famous and forgotten. Please note that the site is best viewed with Google Chrome or more recent versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox. Learn more about Law and Original Order.

For King and Country: Alberta's Contribution to the First World War

This interactive timeline of World War I contains many resources about Alberta's contributions to the Great War, including dozens of photographs and textual records with links to the Provincial Archives' HeRMIS database. Learn more about For King and Country.

Making History: Premiers and Parties

Learn about the history of Alberta through the history of its government and its leaders. This resource is intended to introduce students and teachers to the wealth of documentary history found at the Provincial Archives, and includes a wide variety of records such as photographs, speech notes, political cartoons and textual records. Learn more about Alberta's Premiers and Parties.

Homesteading Alberta

This online resource features records and township maps along with homestead files, and is presented to students and educators as a way of learning how to use homestead records in understanding settlement in Alberta. Experience the history of Alberta homesteaders through their own words and images. Discover more on Homesteading Alberta.

Photographs: If Only They Could Speak

This rich online resource contains over 29,000 images of Alberta: our people, our places and the events that shaped our history. This collection features over 20 modules with worksheets targeted to different grades and is designed to show how photographs can be used in research. Learn how to find and research photographs.

Voices of the Past: Alberta School Broadcasts

Ever wonder what it might have been like to be a student 40, 50 or 60 years ago? Experience it for yourself through Alberta School Broadcasts recordings. Originally aired on CKUA and CBC, the School Broadcasts were heard by classes across the province and educated students on a variety of topics. Learn more about Voices of the Past.

Royal Visits

The Provincial Archives of Alberta holds a wide range of sources relating to Royal Visits to Alberta. Learn more about Royal Visits to Alberta.