Search & Explore the Archives

The University of Alberta Archives recognizes that our catalogue and resource descriptions contain language that reflects the biases, norms, and perspectives of the time in which they were created. In particular, for resources about persons and groups, this language is often outdated and harmful. These descriptions also incorporate controlled vocabularies, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings, which include some headings (e.g., Indians of North America), that are offensive or inappropriate. We use international standards for description, but support and actively participate in efforts to update and change these practices as we strive for descriptions that are inclusive, respectful, and do not cause harm. We acknowledge the critical importance of community consultation in these efforts, and as residents on Treaty 6 territory and Métis Region 4 we commit to working together with our local communities to make these changes.

Discover Archives

The University of Alberta Archives has over 10,500 m of university records and private papers from staff, students, alumni and various university related organizations. Search our vast holdings using our Discover Archives site.

Digitized Collections

Some resources held at the University of Alberta Archives have been digitized for easier access. The following digital collections are part of the University of Alberta Archives Internet Archive Digital Collection or Aviary AV Collection.

University of Alberta Archives Photographs

This collection of archival photographs depicts life and activities at the University of Alberta and surrounding communities. This is a small sample of the over 200,000 photographs that are currently housed in the University of Alberta Archives.

University of Alberta Yearbooks (1912-2012)

This digital collection of University of Alberta yearbooks from various campus and faculties includes the Evergreen and Gold yearbook published by the students of the University of Alberta (1921-1970 & 1984); Saga yearbook for Camrose Lutheran College (1940-1991) and Augustana University College (1992-2006); and the Faculty of Law yearbook (1974-2012).

University of Alberta Archives AV Collection

This collection of digitized audio and visual recordings from the University of Alberta Archives (UAA) is a small portion of the audio and visual holdings of the UAA.

Gateway Newspapers

The Gateway is a student newspaper that was first published in 1910. A complete set of hardcopy newspapers are located at the University of Alberta Archives.

Web Exhibits

Online exhibits from the University of Alberta Archives.

Convocation Programs

This collection includes the first convocation program from 1908. A complete set of hardcopy convocation programs are located at the University of Alberta Archives.

Course Calendars (1909-1967)

The University Course Calendar includes course offerings and program requirements for the University of Alberta. A complete set of hardcopy calendars are located at the University of Alberta Archives.

Archives Saint-Jean (Campus Saint-Jean Archives)

Les fonds des Archives Saint-Jean se trouvent maintenant aux University of Alberta Archives. Certains fichiers numérisés sont disponibles en ligne.

The Archives Saint-Jean fonds are now located at the University of Alberta Archives. Some digitized files are available online.

Board of Governors Reports

The Board of Governors Reports is a collection of reports of the University of Alberta Board of Governors. The Board was created in 1910 by the University Act with powers of business management and administration. Prior to that, the Senate acted as the governing body of the university. The collection spans years 1928 to 1990. Recent reports for years 2010 to 2022 are available on the University of Alberta website.

Other Collections

The following collections contain digitized content from other repositories.

Peel's Prairie Provinces Collection

The Peel’s Prairie Provinces digital collection provides a wide variety of research materials related to western Canadian history and the culture of the Prairie Provinces. Additional content may also be found on the Internet Archives Peel Prairie Provinces collection.


The University of Alberta Library has long been a partner in historical newspaper digitization. These digitized newspapers can be seen online as part of the Peel's Prairie Provinces. Newspapers date from 1871 to 2013 and are from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia.

Bruce Peel Special Collections

Bruce Peel Special Collections is located in the Rutherford South Library, houses more than 100,000 rare books and a collection of archival materials that explore a range of local and international subjects.

Alberta on Record

Alberta on Record, hosted by the Archives Society of Alberta, is an online portal to archival collections preserved in archival institutions throughout Alberta.