Collection PR1343 - Legislature Library Archives Program archival records collection

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Legislature Library Archives Program archival records collection

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    • 1784-1972 (Creation)

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    6.50 m of textual records and other material

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    Biographical history

    Although the Provincial Library (or the Library of the Legislature) was established in 1906, the Provincial Library Archives (known initially as the Bureau of Archives) was established in 1908 to preserve all that could be found of the early records and unwritten history of this section of Canada, as well as to preserve all records of current history in the Province. Katherine Hughes, a library employee, was Alberta's first Provincial Archivist and she undertook considerable work laying the foundations for the Provincial Library Archives Program.

    The records were initially classified into the following periods: First Period of Regular Trading and Exploration (1775-1821), the Dawn of Settlement (1821-1869), the Foundation Period (1869-1885), the Period of Evolution of Constitutional Government (1885-1905), and Present Day Period (1905-). Hughes was seconded to the Premier's Office in 1909, and the Legislature Librarian assumed responsibility for the program. Sir Cecil Denny served Assistant Provincial Archivist from 1922-1927.

    The Provincial Library Archives Program continued until 1963, when a Provincial Archivist was appointed and a Provincial Archives was formally established under the Provincial Archives Act (S.A. 1966, chapter 73). Following the Legislative Library Operations Review, the Provincial Library was reorganized, and its name was changed to Legislature Library. As a result of this review, in April 1974, Alan Ridge, the Provincial Archivist, and D.B. McDougall, Legislature Librarian, developed a plan to transfer the Legislature Library's archival records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

    Custodial history

    The records in this collection were originally donated to the Legislature Library Archives Program by a number of different donors. Further custodial history may be gleaned from the operational records of the Legislature Library, which are located in the Legislative Assembly Office fonds in the Legislature Library records series.

    Scope and content

    The collection consists of both copied and original records and includes records belonging to various companies, associations, governments, and individuals. Fonds includes agendas, Alberta law stamps, association records, banners, calendars, celebration and event programmes, certificates, constitutions, diaries and daily journals, financial records, glass plate negatives, historical and biographical sketches, invitations, judges’ case books, lantern slides and coloured lantern slides, literary manuscripts, maps, mechanically produced photographic reproductions, minutes, negatives and cyanotype negatives, newsletters, newspapers and newspaper clippings, personal reminiscences, phonodiscs, photographs, political party records, prize lists, radio broadcasts and broadcast transcripts, receipts, scrapbooks, shares, souvenir booklets and photograph albums, surveys, temperance posters, and various other miscellaneous records. The collection has been divided into the following series: Aberdeen Association (1909-1911); Aberhart, William (1943); Alberta Golden Jubilee (1954-1955); Alberta Institute of Co-operation (1928-1929); Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists (around 1954); Alberta Women's Institute (1915-1963); Albright, W.D. (1930); Athabasca and District Board of Trade (June 9, 1952); Bennett, Richard Bedford (1905-1938, predominant 1937-1938); Blue, Mrs. John (1907-1913); Blyth, Alfred (1936-1939); Bob Edwards' Summer Annual (1920-1922); Brick, Mrs. A.L. (19-?); Brown, James McCredie (19-?); Bulkley, C.S. (1865-1867); Byron-May Company (1910-1914); Callihoo, Victoria (around 1948); Campbell, Colin Nicol (April 4, 1887); Canadian Club, Edmonton (1909-1912); Canadian Medical Association (August 1912); Carpenter, W.G. (April 8, 1927); Civil Service Association of Alberta (1955-1956); College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (1924); Denny, Sir Cecil Edward (around 1905); Devore, R.W. (19-?); East Clover Bar Alberta Farmers' Association (1906-1912); Edmonds, W

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    The Legislature Library transferred the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1974.


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        Some of the material is in Cree and French.

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        Access Conditions: Some records are restricted.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Inventory is available.

        Associated materials

        Various other records deposited by the Legislature Library can be found in the Provincial Archives of Alberta holdings.


        Further accruals are not expected.

        General note

        Reference prints of photographs from this collection can be found in A File under location numbers A.2282-A.2283, A.3883-A.3999, A.5351-A.5473, A.17,469-A.17,527, and A.19,007-A.19,030. Information for the administrative history was taken from A History of the Legislature Library, located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library under location number 027.65097123 H851 PAA, and from the Provincial Archives of Alberta website,\_archives/family\_roots/what/index.asp (accessed July 9, 2004).

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        Includes accession PR1974.0001.

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        Records relevant to the Indigenous Resource Guide include files produced by the Hudson’s Bay Company at various fur trade posts around Alberta (found in files PR1974.0001/112-156), a recorded oral history entitled “An Indian Story,” as told by Councillor Johnson Tabobingdon (in file PR1974.0001/104), and research and correspondence files on various Indigenous communities and hunts (in files PR1974.0350/81-82).

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        Fonds also includes circa (ca.) 1800 photographs, ca. 300 transparencies, ca. 245 negatives, ca. 165 maps, 16 phonodiscs, 12 posters, and 3 microfilm rolls.

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