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Archives Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Corporate Records, Archives?

A: Corporate Records, Archives is the official repository for municipal records of permanent archival value created by The City and its predecessors, Fort Calgary and the Town of Calgary. The Archives also holds a number of private records from individuals or groups that have a close affiliation with The City of Calgary such as the records of OCO'88, the Organising Committee of the XV Olympic Winter Games.

Q: Who can use the Archives?

A: The Archives is open to all members of the public and to City employees.

Q: How do I conduct research at the Archives?

A: All in-person researchers are first required to register and can then discuss their research strategies with the Reference Archivist who will explain how to access the holdings through manual and electronic finding aids. All researchers are responsible for conducting their own research and are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of Corporate Records, Archives. For more information consult Reference Service.

Q: How do I conduct building history research?

A: Sources for building history research are available at the Archives and at other institutions. Reviewing A Guide to Researching Building History prior to beginning your project will enable you to consult those sources best suited to your research.

Q: How can I view images from the Archives on-line?

A: Some scanned images from the Archives' holdings are available through Alberta On Record.

Q: Where do I find vital statistics?

A: Vital statistics are a provincial government function and historic statistics can be accessed through Historic Vital Statistics Records.

Q: How do I research family history?

A: There are a number of organisations that will provide information and direction for family history research, such as the Alberta Family Histories Society , the Calgary Public Library and the Glenbow Archives.

A Guide to Researching Building History