Sandra Thomson Reading Room

Public access to records held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta is done primarily in the Sandra Thomson Reading Room, staffed full-time with Archivists who are available to provide advice on locating and accessing records, and using the Reading Room’s equipment.

This space is available to the public to research and view the Provincial Archives' holdings, and to access the 13,000 volume Reference Library focusing on the history and culture of Alberta and Western Canada. This unique Library collection includes extensive holdings of histories for communities across Alberta.

The Sandra Thomson Reading Room is home to the following:

Sandra Thomson Reading Room Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9:00am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:30pm, 4:30pm – 9:00pm (limited service)
Thursday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Friday: 9:00am- 4:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday: Closed

*There is no retrieval of archival material from 11:30am - 1pm and from 3:30pm onwards.

About Sandra Thomson

1950 – 2004; Provincial Archivist from 1993 – 2004

Sandra Thomson

Sandra Thomson is presented with an award from the Archives Society of Alberta (ca 2003) From left to right: Joanne Munn-Gafuik, President of the Archives Society of Alberta; Sandra Thomson, Provincial Archivist; Michael Gourlie, Executive Director of the Archives Society of Alberta)

Dr. Sandra Thomson strove to ensure the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the archival community were valued and used by Albertans from all walks of life to their fullest potential. She worked tirelessly behind the scenes to promote and raise public awareness about the Provincial Archives, and her dedicated and persistent advocacy led to the acquisition of the new and larger home for the Archives on Roper Road in southeast Edmonton in the fall of 2003.

Dr. Thomson saw the Provincial Archives as core to understanding the history of Alberta, envisioning a more user-friendly space where genealogists, scholars, journalists, students and business people could more easily access unique records and primary sources held in the Archives' vaults. She strongly believed that a society without an understanding of its history could not prepare or plan for the future, and worked every day to promote the appreciation and understanding of Alberta's individual culture and history through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Dr. Thomson also provided a strong voice for the Archives Society of Alberta, which serves all Archives across the province of Alberta.