The Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) acquires, preserves and publicly makes available records from government, individual people and organizations for researchers of all ages.
Discover a piece of Alberta's past, find a lost relative or donate your own records and leave your mark on Alberta’s history. The doors are open for you to see Alberta in a different way.
Our vaults hold millions of documented historical facts, photos, films and other records about Alberta’s past. Whether you are a seasoned genealogist or a student researching your next project, we have the resources and staff to point you in the right direction.
Effective December 13, 2020, the Provincial Archives of Alberta is temporarily closed. Stronger health measures come into effect province wide at 12:01 a.m. on December 13. Part of those measures include the temporary closure of museums, libraries and galleries; this includes the province’s network of historic sites, museums and archives. These measures will be in place for a minimum of four weeks. The safety and protection of our patrons and staff are our top priority. Please watch our website for future updates regarding our facility.
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.