City of Edmonton Archives

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Authorized form of name

City of Edmonton Archives

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  • Municipal

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Reference Desk



Street address

10440 108 Avenue, NW





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Postal code

T5H 3Z9


Phone: (780) 496-8711


Fax: (780) 496-8732



Description area


The City of Edmonton Archives Committee formed on September 26, 1938 and was renamed the Archives and Landmark Committee in 1947. The committee actively collected records and artifacts. Their outreach activities included running exhibit spaces in the Civic Block and marking buildings and significant locations with plaques and monuments.

In 1966, the Archives and Landmark Committee bylaw was amended and the Edmonton Historical Board (EHB) was formed as part of the Parks and Recreation Branch. The EHB concentrated on commemorating Edmonton's heritage through the annual Plaques and Recognition Awards. Parks and Recreation took over the archives and artifacts, forming the City of Edmonton Archives and the City's Artifacts Centre.

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Prince of Wales Armouries


Total Volume: 3500 meters
Inclusive Dates: 1880s - current
Predominant Dates: 1892 - current
Holdings consist of the permanently valuable records of the Corporation of the City of Edmonton and surrounding areas acquired by annexation. This material includes Council minutes, bylaws, correspondence, administrative records, tax rolls, blueprints, building permits, oral history interviews, photographs and moving images. Also included in the Archives are manuscript collections relating to founders of Edmonton and district, records of local businesses, sporting organizations, social clubs, other organizations and individuals. The archives is the official repository for the records of the 1978 Commonwealth Games and the 1983 Universiade Games.

Finding aids, guides and publications

For the most up to date descriptions, please visit The City of Edmonton Archives' online catalogue:

Access area

Opening times

We have put some adjustments in place for the health and safety of our staff and visitors. These adjustments are designed to comply with public health orders and guidelines. Please call 780.496.5989 at least two days in advance to make an appointment for your visit to the Archives. The appointment will have a specific time for you to enter the building to help with physical distancing and allow us time to pull the materials you want to view. Plan your visit accordingly.

8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8:30 AM-8:00 PM, Wednesday

Access conditions and requirements

Archival assistance is always available in the reference room and there are many self service options.

There are periods when certain services are unavailable:

  • Daily between noon and 1pm retrievals of new research material, photocopying and payments are not available

  • There are no retrievals of new research material after 4pm, including Wednesday evenings

If you plan to visit the Archives during the lunch hour or on Wednesday evenings, please arrange with archivists at or at 780-496-8711 to have your material retrieved and on hold prior to your visit.


The Prince of Wales Armouries can only be accessed from west of 105 Street along 108 Avenue.

The building has accessible parking, a ramp at the front entrance, power doors, elevators and accessible washrooms in the main area.

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Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

10440 108 Avenue, NW
Edmonton, Alberta
CA T5H 3Z9