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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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News & Updates

Celebrating the PPCLI Centennial

Congratulations to members of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 100 years of service.
Relive the memories by viewing digitized copies of The Patrician here. August 8, 2014

2012 and 2013 Edmonton Folk Music Festival programs now available

With the 2014 Edmonton Folk Music Festival around the corner, we have just added the 2012 and 2013 programs to the Peel site; perfect for reminiscing before this weekend's festival begins, and to end all arguments over who played when while participating in the festival this weekend! August 6, 2014

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.

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.

Collection Stats

Bibliographic records:10,527
Digitized Items:7,535
Digitized Pages:758,130
Newspaper Issues:67,019
Newspaper Pages:646,697
Newspaper Articles:4,909,669
Newly Mounted Issues:293
Images:16,298