Provincial Archives of Alberta

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The Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) preserves the collective memory of Alberta, contributes to the protection of Albertans' rights and the Alberta sense of identity.

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the PAA acquires, preserves and makes available for research private and government records of provincial importance. The PAA also serves as the permanent home of records of enduring value to the Government of Alberta.

The Historical Resources Act mandates the operation, maintenance and development of the archives. The purpose of the PAA is in the acquisition, preservation, publication and public exhibition of materials. These materials are in the public's interest to preserve and include:

  • Documents
  • Parchments
  • Manuscripts
  • Records
  • Books
  • Maps
  • Plans
  • Photographs
  • Magnetic tapes
  • Many other materials regardless of physical form.

Search holdings and find other resources by visiting the PAA website.

Last reviewed/revised: January 7, 2016
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