Premiers' Papers

Since 1905 there have been twelve Premiers of Alberta, and the Provincial Archives holds some records for almost all of these people. The holdings include personal records as well as those of the Premier’s Office itself. This list does not include photographs or published material, but it does include some ministerial records created before service as Premier. The volume of records available for each Premier varies.

Alexander C. Rutherford | Arthur L. Sifton | Charles Stewart | Herbert W. Greenfield | John E. Brownlee | Richard Reid | William Aberhart | Ernest C. Manning | Harry E. Strom | E. Peter Lougheed | Donald R. Getty | Ralph P. Klein

The Honourable Alexander C. Rutherford (1905 - 1910)

Alexander C. Rutherford
Alexander C. Rutherford, ca. 1905-1910
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo A10649

Holdings for Alexander C. Rutherford Include:

  • Speeches
    (GR1974.001/272-273), 1906, 0.01 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Correspondence
    (PR1969.199), 1899-1910, 0.02 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Letters Patent - Appointment as Premier
    (PR1969.238), 1905, 0.01 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Professional and Academic Diplomas
    (PR1975.518), 1871-1955, 0.30 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.

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The Honourable Arthur L. Sifton (1910 - 1917)

Arthur L. Sifton
Arthur L. Sifton, no date
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo A2685

Holdings for Arthur L. Sifton Include:

  • Sifton's Passport
    (PR1975.434), 1916, 0.01 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list not available.

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The Honourable Charles Stewart (1917 - 1921)

Charles Stewart
Charles Stewart
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo A2698

The Provincial Archives has no holdings for Charles Stewart at this time.

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The Honourable Herbert W. Greenfield (1921 - 1925)

Herbert W. Greenfield
Herbert W. Greenfield, ca. 1921-1925
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo A6267

Holdings for Herbert W. Greenfield Include:

  • Records of Greenfield as Agent General in London
    (GR1969.288), 1927-1931, 0.30 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Premier's Office Fonds
    (GR1969.289), 1921-1959, 62.40 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.

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The Honourable John E. Brownlee (1925 - 1934)

John E. Brownlee
John E. Brownlee, ca. 1930
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo A2149

Holdings for John E. Brownlee Include:

  • Records of Brownlee as Attorney General
    (GR1969.287), 1921-1925, 2.40 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Premier's Office Fonds
    (GR1969.289), 1921-1959, 62.40 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Newspaper Clippings and Photographs
    (PR1986.540), 1928-1980, 0.06 m
    No restrictions on access or use; no file list available.
  • Speech - Legal Status of Women in Alberta
    (PR1988.586/19), 1946, 0.01 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.

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The Honourable Richard Reid (1934 - 1935)

Richard Reid
Richard Reid, 1934
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo A6467

Holdings for Richard Reid Include:

  • Premier's Office Fonds
    (GR1969.289), 1921-1959, 62.40 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Election Speech
    (PR1970.119), 1935, 0.01 m
    No restrictions on access or use; no file list available.
  • Oral History Interview
    (PR1971.164/2), 1969
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.

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The Honourable William Aberhart (1935 - 1943)

William Aberhart
William Aberhart, 1935
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo P5313

Holdings for William Aberhart Include:

  • Premier's Office Fonds
    (GR1969.289), 1921-1959, 62.40 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Memorial Service for Aberhart
    (GR1973.061), 1943, 0.01 m
    No restrictions on access or use; no file list available.
  • Records Relating to Aberhart's Death
    (GR1974.001/1), 1943, 0.01 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Miscellaneous Personal and Political Records
    (PR1970.239), 1902-1943, 0.60 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Audio Recording of a Speech
    (PR1974.224), 1935
    No restrictions on access or use; no file list available.
  • Notes for Speeches
    (PR1976.424), 1923, 0.01 m
    No restrictions on access or use; no file list available.

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The Honourable Ernest C. Manning (1943 - 1968)

Ernest C. Manning
Ernest C. Manning, 1943
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo P5337

Holdings for Ernest C. Manning Include:

  • Premier's Office Fonds
    (GR1969.289), 1921-1959, 62.40 m
    (GR1977.173), 1959-1971, 42.67 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Audio Recording of Speech
    (GR1974.001/243), 1946
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Records of Manning as Attorney General
    (GR1979.026), 1955-1975, 6.60 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Speeches
    (PR1986.125/405-406), 1946-1955, 0.02 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Transcript of Interview
    (PR1980.218/1), [197-], 0.01 m

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The Honourable Harry Strom (1968 - 1971)

Harry Strom
Harry Strom, 1969
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo PA5221

Holdings for Harry Strom Include:

  • Position Papers and Press Releases
    (GR1970.375), 1970, 0.02 m
    No restrictions on access or use; no file list available.
  • Records of Strom as Minister of Agriculture
    (GR1973.302 and GR1976.523), 1928-1972, 48.94 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available for GR1973.302 only.
  • Position Papers and Speeches
    (GR1973.610), 1969-1971, 0.03 m
    No restrictions on access or use; no file list available.
  • Premier's Office Fonds
    (GR1977.173), 1959-1971, 42.67 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Records of Strom as Minister of Municipal Affairs
    (GR1978.137), 1938-1973, 9.14 m
    No restrictions on access or use; no file list available.
  • Letters Patent - Ministerial Appointments
    (GR1980.270), 1962-1969, 0.02 m
    No restrictions on access or use; no file list available.
  • Speeches, Constituency Files and Personal Correspondence
    (PR1974.519), 1962-1968, 0.90 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.

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The Honourable E. Peter Lougheed (1971 - 1985)

E. Peter Lougheed
E. Peter Lougheed, 1975
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo J2091

Holdings for E. Peter Lougheed Include:

  • Records of Lougheed as Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs
    (PR1979.095), 1973-1977, 0.91 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Material as Leader of the Official Opposition
    (PR1972.059), 1955-1971, 5.40 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Records of Lougheed as Premier
    (PR1985.401), 1963-1985, 87.0 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Constituency Files
    (PR1985.402), 1975-1981, 0.30 m
    Restrictions on access and use; no file list available.
  • Speech Transcripts
    (PR1990.066), 1965-1985, 1.50 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Personal Papers
    (PR1997.111), 1971-1985, 6.0 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.

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The Honourable Donald R. Getty (1985 - 1992)

Donald R. Getty
Donald R. Getty, 1968
Provincial Archives of Alberta photo PA3210

Holdings for Donald R. Getty Include:

  • Records of Getty as Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs
    (GR1979.060), 1971-1975, 9.0 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Records of Getty as Minister of Natural Resources
    (PR1982.165), 1974-1979, 16.70 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Records of Getty as Premier
    (GR1995.445 and PR1992.519), 1973-1994, 183.68 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available for PR1992.519 only.
  • Getty's Member of the Legislative Assembly/Constituency Files
    (PR1992.521 and PR1995.454), 1967-1992, 6.55 m
    No restrictions on access and use; file list available for PR1995.454 only.
  • Getty's Ministerial Records
    (PR1998.922), 1968-1992, 9.0 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.
  • Getty's Personal/Premier/Member of the Legislative Assembly Files
    (PR2000.1301), 1975-1993, 1.20 m
    No restrictions on access or use; file list available.

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The Honourable Ralph P. Klein (1992 - 2006)

Ralph P. Klein
Ralph P. Klein, 2003
Image supplied by the Office of the Premier

The Provincial Archives has no holdings for Ralph P. Klein at this time.

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