What's New

If you’re curious about What’s New at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, you’ve landed in the right spot! This page showcases select archival records that we have recently received as well as current & past exhibits and upcoming events. This page will be regularly updated, so come back often to ensure you don’t miss anything!

Film Night 2019

Join us for Film Night on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

The Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) is proud to present the 34th edition of its annual Film Night, featuring a double bill of silent cinema with a unique twist!

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The opening half of this free event showcases the first Canadian feature film ever made, Back to God’s Country, which was filmed 100 years ago in Alberta. The film is also notable for the writing contribution of its star, Nell Shipman, and for the inclusion of one of the first nude scenes in film history. The film is being shown courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, which has provided a digital copy of its restored print, and will feature live piano accompaniment by Edmonton jazz pianist Stephanie Urquhart.

The second half of this free event features a film from the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s own vaults, The Lone Eagle. This First World War aviation film is officially classified as a lost film by the Library of Congress so this version might be the only copy in existence, though the PAA only has the first four of five total reels. As a special treat, the PAA has enlisted the help of three local filmmakers (Frederick Kroetsch, Matt King, and Danny Luong) to provide their own interpretation of the “lost reel,” with Edmonton musician Nick Samoil providing a unique score for this silent epic of derring-do over the skies of the Western Front.

Provincial Archives of Alberta 34th Annual Film Night
Saturday, June 22
Metro Cinema at the Garneau
8712 109 Street, Edmonton

7pm: Back to God’s Country with live piano accompaniment by Stephanie Urquhart

9pm: The Lone Eagle featuring “the lost reel” by local filmmakers and score by Nick Samoil


Edmonton & District Historical Society Historic Festival and Doors Open

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The Provincial Archives of Alberta is proud to be a participating site in the 23rd annual Edmonton & District Historical Society Historic Festival and Doors Open event July 1-7th, 2019.

Visit the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s state-of-the-art facility and see the amazing treasure trove of historic documents and media collected for future generations to enjoy and learn from! The tour will take visitors through the Reading Room and areas not normally accessible to the public, such as, the vaults and conservation lab. *Please note that this is an indoor walking tour that does include stairs. Free parking available.

Pre-registration is required. To register, choose your preferred session time and click the Eventbrite link below or call 780-427-1750 (dial 310-0000 for toll free access within Alberta)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

For more events and participating locations please visit http://www.historicedmonton.ca/

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Food and Community

See our newest gallery exhibit Food and Community on display until November 30, 2019.

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Your Archives, Your Project

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Stories about archival records, ministry activities and their relevance to you!

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8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta
T6E 5W1
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(780) 427-1750

Mon:   Closed
Tue: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Wed: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Thu: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fri: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sat: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sun: Closed
*There is no retrieval of archival material from 11:30am - 1pm and from 3:30pm onwards.