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Publications and Subject Guides

The Provincial Archives holds numerous publications and subject guides to assist your research. Below are some of the publications in electronic format. More guides and publications can be found at the Archives. Contact us to learn how to access them.


FAQ sheets

Are you interested in knowing more about the Provincial Archives of Alberta and how to access archival records?  Are you researching your family genealogy or the history of your home?  Do you want to know how you can donate your records?  Use these FAQ sheets to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.  You can also read more about how to preserve your archival material.


Provincial Archives of Alberta Subject Headings (PAASH)

Revised subject headings, 2020 edition.


Your Archives, Your Project

This booklet illuminates how some of the work of the Archives supports your day to day activities and the work of the Government.

Each of the stories in this booklet illustrates how archival records support Government related initiatives.


Family Histories

This guide is intended to help you select what records are worth keeping, and maintain an order to your records according to a very simple and clear system.


Aboriginal Resources

This guide identifies and describes records related to the Aboriginal Peoples of Alberta currently in our holdings. These include both Alberta government records as well as records from private individuals and organizations.

Francophone Archival Records at the Provincial Archives of Alberta: An Annotated Guide (English)

The objective of this Francophone guide is to assist you with the francophone fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. In the early stages of their research, patrons may use this list to verify the presence and significance of records related to their research topic.

Ukrainian Archival Records at the Provincial Archives of Alberta: An Annotated Guide

In 2011, the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada was celebrated throughout Canada. To commemorate this important event, the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the Friends of the Provincial Archives of Alberta Society joined forces to produce a publication in both Ukrainian and English.

An Administrative History of the Government of Alberta 1905-2005

This history draws on a number of resources available within the government, including departmental annual reports, secondary works, and various sources published by the Legislature Library. An Administrative History of the Government of Alberta is as complete and comprehensive as possible, based on these records and the information available to the staff team at the time of publication.

Alberta & the Great War: A Guide to First World War Records at the Provincial Archives of Alberta

This guide identifies records related to the First World War held at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. The records include several media such as textual records, photographs, books and film, and consist of government records and records created and/or collected by individuals, families or non-government organizations. Many of the records in this guide served as the basis for Alberta and the Great War, an exhibit mounted by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2014 to commemorate the centennial of the First World War.

The Persons Case in 65 Minutes preceded by The Persons Case in 200 Words

Tony Cashman presentation at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Canada History Week, July 2014.

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