Previous Announcements


March 2019

March 16, 2019

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie advertising image (PAA Photo: LSA 1881 – sketch 2)

Venez célébrer les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie aux Archives provinciales de l'Alberta!

Les Archives provinciales de l’Alberta rassemblent, conservent et mettent à la disposition des chercheurs des documents privés et gouvernementaux ayant une importance provinciale. Le fonds documentaire francophone, démarré en 1965 contient des centaines de mètres de documents textuels, des milliers d’images et de nombreux autres types de documents archivistiques qui retracent l’histoire, le développement et la vie des individus, familles, entreprises et associations francophones.

Nous vous invitons à venir aux Archives provinciales de l'Alberta le 16 mars 2019, de 12h00 à 14h00, pour participer à une visite guidée ainsi qu'à une présentation en français. Le sujet sera les Oblats de Marie Immaculée, une nouvelle acquisition qui documente l'histoire de la francophonie albertaine dans l'Ouest.

Nous allons vous mener dans nos voûtes avec températures et humidité contrôlées, habituellement fermées au public, et vous faire visiter notre laboratoire de conservation ultra moderne. Vous aurez aussi l'occasion de voir des anciens documents écrits en français.

L'événement est gratuit et des collations et des rafraîchissements seront servis. Venez-vous joindre à nous pour célébrer notre francophonie en vous inscrivant à la présentation et à la visite guidée aux liens fournis.


February 2019

February 17, 2019

Family Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, February 18th for the Family Day holiday. Pre-registration is required for the Family History Day event.

February 17, 2019

Family History Day

Provincial Archives of Alberta, G402
PAA Photo #G402

Join us for Family History Day on Monday, February 18, 2019!

Interested in family history genealogy research? Genealogical Gold in Government Records, is an introductory learning session presented by government records archivists. This session will explore various types of records accessible at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) such as vital statistics, probate files, and court records, which contain a wealth of information that may aid you in your quest for genealogical information. The session will also outline some federal records and additional resources such as local histories that are also incredibly valuable – Genealogical Gold!

Free Admission; pre-registration is required. Please note that the Reading Room is closed.


December 2018

December 17, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019

Holiday closure schedule

The Sandra Thomson Reading Room will be closed from Monday, December 17, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019 inclusive. The Provincial Archives will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Provincial Archives and the Sandra Thomson Reading Room will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.


November 2018

November 12, 2018

Remembrance Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, November 12th for the Remembrance Day holiday.

November 9, 2018

Due to planned maintenance, the PAA’s website and some search applications may experience short, periodic outages and/or slow response times between 10 p.m. on November 9th and 5 p.m. on November 11th. Maintenance activities are timed to minimize impacts to Albertans. We thank you for your patience.


October 2018

October 20, 2018

Home Movie Day

Home movie day advertising image (PAA Photo: A15651B)
PAA Photo: A15651B

Join us for Home Movie Day October 20th noon to 4pm. The Provincial Archives of Alberta invites individuals and families to share their own home movies and to see other films in turn. It's a chance to rediscover your films, learn how to care for them so that they can be enjoyed for years to come, and discuss their place in the archival record. Meet with conservators and archivists and have your films inspected. Bring your treasured 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm formats to share!

October 8, 2018

Thanksgiving Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, October 8th for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.


September 2018

September 3, 2018

Labour Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for the Labour Day holiday.


August 2018

August 6, 2018

Heritage Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, August 6th for the Heritage Day holiday.

August 1, 2018

“150 for 150” in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank

150 for 150 Food Bank image: PAA # PR2005.0335.0113.0046

“150 for 150” is an initiative to raise 150 lbs of food for the Edmonton Food Bank to celebrate our latest exhibit - 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever. The exhibit highlights Canadian firsts that were done by Albertans and includes everything from Calgary being the first Canadian city to host a Winter Olympics (in 1988) to the construction of Canada’s first UFO landing pad in St. Paul (in 1967).

One of the “firsts” profiled in this new exhibit is the Edmonton Gleaners Association, who established the first food bank in Canada in 1981. The organization has evolved into The Edmonton Food Bank, which serves approximately 20,000 people per month and works collaboratively with over 230 organizations. The PAA is honouring this “first” by giving back to the community. The food drive will conclude on August 1, 2018, when the exhibit completes its run at the PAA.

August 1, 2018

150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever

150 Firsts – How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever Exhibit image

Albertans have been at the forefront of Canadian innovations in arts and literature, science, environmental protection, politics, inclusion and diversity, as well as sports and leisure. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Provincial Archives of Alberta is highlighting 150 Canadian firsts that occurred because Albertans were the first to make them happen. And, for better or worse, these 150 firsts changed Canada…Forever.


July 2018

July 2, 2018

Canada Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, July 2nd for the Canada Day holiday.


May 2018

May 21, 2018

Victoria Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, May 21st for the Victoria Day holiday.


April 2018

April 13, 2018

Relics: CanCon Classics from the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Relics: CanCon Classics from the Provincial Archives of Alberta poster

Join us for the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s 33rd annual Film Night Relics: CanCon Classics from the Provincial Archives of Alberta on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7pm.

This year we feature classic 1980s CanCon television including episodes of Airwolf, Danger Bay, and of course, The Beachcombers complete with local commercials from the period. Be back in your seat for 9pm to catch the 1984 made for television feature film Airwolf.

Event takes place at Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St NW, Edmonton).

Free admission.