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