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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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News & Updates

2014 Edmonton Folk Music festival Program added to the already impressive lineup of scanned programs

In anticipation of the 2015 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, we have digitized and made available the 2014 edition program. Programs are available from 1980 onwards. ... July 30, 2015

Interesting Peel Statistical Analysis from the 1st Half of 2015

For the 1st 6 months of 2015, here are some interesting stats about users and usage of the Peel site, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca
-1.9+ million page views!
-60% new visitors versus 40% returning
-of all visits, 78% via desktop computer (includes laptops); and then remaining equally tablet and mobile
-newspapers are the top choice for Peel users, and then the Henderson Directories after that (with Edmonton and Winnipeg vying for 1st place usage!)
-Other top Henderson Directories include Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon
-Top used newspaper is the Edmonton Bulletin
-Postcards are also very popular
-By Country: ... July 20, 2015

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.

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.