Sylvan Lake picnic, circa 1900

Sylvan Lake picnic, circa 1900

The PAA accepts donations of records from individuals and organizations from Alberta. Photo number: IR190

Welcome to the
Provincial Archives of Alberta

The Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) preserves the collective memory of Alberta and contributes to the protection of Albertans' rights and sense of identity.

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the PAA acquires, preserves and makes available for research private and government records of provincial significance. The PAA also serves as the permanent repository of records of enduring value of the Government of Alberta.

The PAA operates in accordance with the Historical Resources Act, which provides for the "operation, maintenance, and development of the Provincial Archives of Alberta", as well as for the "acquisition, preservation, publication and public exhibition of documents, parchments, manuscripts, records, books, maps, plans, photographs, magnetic tapes, or other materials regardless of physical form, the preservation of which is in the public’s interest."