Welcome to the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s Online Search

On this Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) site, you can search descriptions of records, which were created by or about the Government of Alberta, individual Albertans as well as businesses, organizations, associations and communities of Alberta. You can also search for digital photographs and in some instances, digital records. We will add more descriptions and digital objects over time.

If you come across a name, place, or subject term for which there are no records or images, it means that the Provincial Archives of Alberta may not have any records for them or associated records haven't yet been added to our database. Please contact the Sandra Thomson Reading Room for more information.

Please note:
Archival records and descriptions at the PAA may contain language and content that some might consider offensive or derogatory. This language represents the historical time in which the records were created. The PAA retains this language to preserve the historical context of the records.

Some records may be subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or the Canadian Copyright Act. For more information or if you have a question or comment, please contact the Sandra Thomson Reading Room.

Quick search tips for using this site:
• Enter a word or phrase (e.g., bridges) into the search box to look for something specific or explore using the browse feature.
• Search terms entered in the search box are, by default, searched with an “AND” operator. This means that searching for bridges athabasca will return all results to do with bridges AND athabasca.
• Use quotation marks around exact terms, phrases, and reference numbers for best results. Example: "bridges athabasca".
• Use a multiple character wildcard. Example: galax* will find galaxy and galaxies, but not galactic.
• Sample search: digital objects with the term bridge in the title: Photographs of bridges in Alberta.
• During your search, you can "pin" descriptions to a clipboard for review at a later time by clicking the paperclip icon on the results page. Access your clipboard by clicking on the paperclip icon at the top right of the screen. Please note that the clipboard is session-based and will be cleared once you close your browser.