10440 108 Avenue, Edmonton
The City of Edmonton Archives provides a planned program for the acquisition, preservation, and provision of access to historical records:
The City of Edmonton Archives maintains collections of the corporate records of City of Edmonton, as well as of the City’s businesses, organizations, families and individuals to reflect as much as possible the diverse history of the City. The records include photographs, maps and aerial maps, plans and blueprints, documents (in various formats), books, periodicals, works of art and audio-visual materials. The reference room contains a number of research materials of more general interests as well as the finding aids to the City’s collections.
The Archives was first established in 1963 but evolved out of an earlier city initiative called the Archives and Landmarks Committee which cooperated with private organizations such as the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association to collect, preserve and display relics from the original pioneers and settlers of the Edmonton area. Initially housed in the Carnegie Library downtown, and then in the Historical Exhibits building, the Archives moved into a purpose-built archives in 1992 within the historic Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre.
The collections include the paintings of Ella May Walker and other local artists, papers of many Edmonton Mayors and Councilors, souvenirs and memorabilia of community and service clubs like the Women’s Musical Club or the Rotary Clubs of Edmonton, and genealogical records of various local families.