Featured Collections

Prairie Postcards

Peel's Prairie Postcards

We are pleased to feature a new image archive of over 15,000 postcards dating back to the turn of the 19th century (e.g. Edmonton, 1867). Enjoy your time browsing the archive or take advantage of Peel's advanced search functionality to do focused research by place, subject, date and other facets. For more information, see: About the Collection.

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Henderson Directories

Henderson's Directories

Ever wished you had a directory to the past? The Henderson's Directories contain addresses of citizens and businesses dating as far back as 1905. Historical research for the directories was done by expert staff who gathered information for the various cities and regions by visiting every home and business in person.

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La Liberté

La Liberté

This weekly Manitoba French-language newspaper merged with the Saskatchewan newspaper Le patriote de l'Ouest to form La Liberté et le patriote, in 1941. By 1971, it was known as La Liberté again. The digitization of the entire run of La Liberté was completed in recognition of 100 years of its publication. Thank you to our partners, the Société historique de Saint-Boniface, who coordinated this project; the Société franco-manitobaine and the Université de Saint-Boniface, who contributed funding for this project; and the Manitoba Legislative Library, who provided microfilmed copies for digitization for this project.

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Edmonton Folk Music Festival Programs

Edmonton Folk Music Festival Programs

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival was first held in Edmonton in August, 1980, and is now one of the premier festivals of its kind in the world. Artists who have graced its stage include Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Oysterband, Johnny Clegg, Shawn Colvin, Los Lobos, Steve Earle, Violent Femmes, Alejandro Escovedo, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Wilco, Levon Helm, David Byrne, Allison Krauss, Richard Thompson, and many, many more. Whether you are a seasoned folk fest attendee or have yet to attend, now you can revisit the history of Edmonton's legendary festival one program at a time.

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The Patrician

The Patrician

Active since 1914, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry is one of the three Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Armed Forces. It has received 41 battle honours, with three of its soldiers having been awarded the Victoria Cross during World War I. The Patrician, also known as The Esquimalt patrician, is a regimental journal first published in May 1933 and devoted to the interests of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry’s past and present. Initially published quarterly, it was suspended during the Korean War. In 1953, The Patrician started publishing again, as a semestrial paper, until 1960 when it became annual because of financial restraints. This unique publication contains regiment notes, military news and advertisements from local businesses, and offers a fascinating look into Canadian prairie military history.

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Grain Grower's Guide

Grain Grower's Guide

Grain Grower's Guide (1908-1928) is described as "the most important publication of the early farm movement." (The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan). It was first published by the Grain Growers Grain Company (GGGC) under the editorial leadership of E. A. Partridge, one of the founders of the farming cooperative. GGG later became the Country Guide, which continues to be published in Winnipeg by the United Grain Growers.

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The Illustrated War News

Edited by J. W. Bengough (1851-1923), "cartoonist, editor, publisher, author, entertainer, and politician." Aptly described as "bombastically nationalistic." (John Wilson Bengough, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online)

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A Letter from Louis Riel, "Tres cher ami"

A previously unrecorded autograph letter of Louis Riel, written at a most important juncture of the first Red River Rebellion, a mere seven days after Riel's band of Metis rebels had captured Dr. Schultz and his party at Fort Garry and imprisoned them, and just six days after the publication of the famous Declaration of the Inhabitants of Rupert's Land.

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Le Courrier de l'ouest

Published from 1905 to 1915 in Edmonton, Alberta, this newspaper was at one time the only French language newspaper created in Western Canada. (Alberta's Online Encyclopedia)

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La Survivance

La Survivance was first published in 1928 and along with Le Franco-Albertain and Le Franco, represent the main weekly newspaper of the French community in Alberta. It offers an invaluable account of the francophone community.

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The Gateway

The Gateway

The Gateway made its debut at the University of Alberta on November 21, 1910. The newspaper was founded when a group of students gathered at the home of Liddy Lloyd to discuss the creation of a student newspaper. Albert Edward Ottewell was The Gateway's first editor-in-chief.

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University of Alberta Centenary Publications

University of Alberta Newspapers

Several U of A publications were digitized as part of the 2008 Centenary celebrations. Showcasing the University's rich history of student, faculty and alumni publication, you can now view and search back issues of Folio, The Trail, The New Trail, Poundmaker and The Gateway. For a full listing of material digitized to mark the 100 year anniversary, please see the Centenary website.

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The Alberta Non-Partisan

The Alberta Non-Partisan

The Alberta Non-Partisan (1917-1919), edited by William Irvine, was a political newspaper and the official organ of the Non-Partisan League, an agrarian protest movement seeking a stronger voice for farmers' political interests. For more background on the Non-Partisan League, read Rise to Power, Alberta Online Encyclopedia.

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The Alberta Non-Partisan

The Illustrated War News

Edited by J. W. Bengough (1851-1923), "cartoonist, editor, publisher, author, entertainer, and politician." Aptly described as "bombastically nationalistic." (John Wilson Bengough, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online)

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Board of Governors

University of Alberta Board of Governors Collection

The Board of Governors at the University of Alberta recognizes the generous commitment of time and service of members of the Board and those who have served on external committees by selecting and digitizing books in their name to be added to the Peel's Prairie Province Collection.

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The last best West

The last best West: Glimpses of the Prairie Provinces from the golden age of postcards

From 3 March to 24 June 2011, the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library at the University is hosting an exhibit of historical postcards. The exhibit, which includes more than 100 eye-catching scenes from among the many thousands of postcards in the collection that depict the culture and history of the Canadian prairies, was curated by Edmonton's Historian Laureate, author Ken Tingley.

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Sam Steele: The Journey of a Canadian Hero

Sam Steele: The Journey of a Canadian Hero

Sam Steele: The Journey of a Canadian Hero is the much-anticipated public presentation of the Sir Sam Steele Collection. For the first time, visitors will have the opportunity to view the personal photographs, letters, and diaries of this iconic Canadian, brought to life through video re-enactments, a 100 foot timeline of his life and travels, and an engaging audio tour. People of all ages will enjoy this opportunity to join Sam Steele as he journeys across Canada and overseas, experiencing his unique perspective as he helped to build our nation.

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Collection Stats

Bibliographic records :10,527
Nombre total de documents :7,535
Nombre total de pages :758,130
Documents nouvellement affichés :2
Numéros de journaux :67,019
Pages de journaux :646,697
Newspaper Articles :4,909,669
Newly Mounted Issues :1,074
Images :16,298