Previous Announcements


March 2017

March 13, 2017

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie image

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Visite guidée aux Archives provinciales!

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 avec trois photographies, compte maintenant 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 13 mars 2017, de 13h00 à 15h00, et prendre part à notre visite guidée en français.

Nous allons vous mener dans nos voûtes avec température 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, ainsi qu'admirer les premières photos prises dans le territoire qui allait devenir l'Alberta.


February 2017

February 20, 2017

Photo Number G402
"Prized largest family, Smoky Lake, Alberta" (July 1, 1938) Photo Number G402

Family History Day: Accessing Vital Statistics

Vital Statistics (birth, death and marriage registrations) contain significant pieces of information to aid one’s genealogical research. Learn more about these documents, and how to find and request them. Experience a Reading Room tour exploring our most significant holdings that support genealogy research, and enjoy a sneak peek in the vaults where archival collections are securely stored and preserved for years to come.

February 15, 2017

Let Justice Be Done: The Alberta Provincial Police 1917-1932 Motorcycle image

Join us at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (located at 8555 Roper Road NW Edmonton) on Wednesday, February 15 as we celebrate the legacy of the “blue-coated Mounties” with our latest exhibit - Let Justice Be Done: The Alberta Provincial Police, 1917-1932.


December 2016

September 1 to December 17, 2016

Image PR 2012.0781/1192.0050
Provincial Archives of Alberta, PR 2012.0781/1192.0050
Alberta Ballet & the Documentation of Performance exhibit poster

The Provincial Archives of Alberta is pleased to present Alberta Ballet & the Documentation of Performance, an exhibit in celebration of Alberta Ballet’s 50th Anniversary. Alberta Ballet donated its extensive archives to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2012, where the records were appraised, arranged, rehoused, described and made available to the public. The completeness of the Alberta Ballet archives and the wide array of records therein enabled this retrospective survey of the company’s first fifty years and is a fine example of performing arts in the archives.


November 2016

November 23, 2016

Camsell: a documentary poster
Camsell: a documentary poster

The Provincial Archives of Alberta invites you to experience Camsell, a short film that tells the story of the Charles Camsell Hospital, which was in operation from 1946-1996. A production of the Edmonton Heritage Council, the film chronicles the layered history of the facility, particularly its role in the “sixties scoop” and the treatment of Indigenous peoples in the care of government institutions.

November 9, 2016

Indigenous Film poster
Indigenous Film poster

Join us at the Provincial Archives of Alberta for a program of short films created by Indigenous filmmakers from across the province. The filmmakers will be in attendance to discuss their work and staff from the Provincial Archives will be on hand to discuss audiovisual preservation in Alberta.

Free Event
8555 Roper Road, Edmonton
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
7 p.m.

Learn more about the showcased films.


October 2016

Friends of the Provincial Archives of Alberta Society

Read the Fall 2016 Friends Society newsletter to stay up-to-date.

October 15, 2016

Home Movie Day poster.  Illustration: Julien Charbonneau.
Illustration: Julien Charbonneau
Home Movie Day poster

Home Movie Day is an international celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at many venues worldwide.

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 14, 2016

Founders and staff of Great Plains Productions, an Alberta-based production company devoted to the development of Indigenous filmmaking and perspectives, ca. 1990.  Includes Gil Cardinal (front, left), Dorothy Schreiber (front, second from left), and Tom Radford (front, right).  From the Gil Cardinal fonds, PR2012.0731/0432.
Founders and staff of Great Plains Productions, an Alberta-based production company devoted to the development of Indigenous filmmaking and perspectives, ca. 1990. Includes Gil Cardinal (front, left), Dorothy Schreiber (front, second from left), and Tom Radford (front, right). From the Gil Cardinal fonds, PR2012.0731/0432.

Deadline for submission: Friday, October 14

Indigenous filmmakers are invited to submit a proposal that includes a brief description (150 words maximum) of a film or video, projection requirements, and a curriculum vitae. The projects can be in any media (including but not limited to film, video, or digital files), can be from any year (though more recent work is preferred), and can be of any length (though works longer than fifteen minutes will be excerpted) but must have an Alberta connection. A maximum of five participants will be selected to screen their work at the PAA and will receive an honorarium of $125.00. Artists are expected to attend the event and those from outside of Edmonton may be eligible for travel reimbursement.

Click here for more information


September 2016

September 14, 2016

Sociologists in the Archives poster
Sociologists in the Archives poster

Though archives are often considered the domain of historians and genealogists, other scholars are also known to explore and source archival material. How might a sociologist of law approach the archives, and what could be gained from examining surviving documents? Equally, what are the dangers of such engagement? These questions will be explored with reference to selected Albertan criminal cases of the late 19th century.

Speaker: George Pavlich (PhD)
Canada Research Chair in Social Theory, Culture and Law
Professor of Law and Sociology
Department of Sociology
Click here for bio

September 7, 2016

Alberta Ballet and the Documentation of Performance: Opening Reception poster

Please join us at the Provincial Archives of Alberta located at 8555 Roper Road in Edmonton for the opening reception of our newest gallery exhibit Alberta Ballet & the Documentation of Performance.