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Peel's Prairie Provinces is a resource dedicated to assisting scholars, students, and researchers of all types in their exploration of western Canadian history and the culture of the Canadian prairies. » Read More

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

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

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.