Welcome to Discover Archives

Welcome to the home of the finding aids for the archival collections of the University of Alberta Archives, the Bruce Peel Special Collections, and the University of Alberta Library!

Discover Archives allows you to search for archival records and collections at the University of Alberta Libraries. The materials described in this database are found in different locations on the University of Alberta campus, listed as the collection’s repository. Please contact each repository separately to arrange to view materials in the on-site reading rooms.

Statement on Harmful Language in Catalogue Records and Resource Descriptions

We recognize that our catalogue, archival records and resource descriptions may contain language that reflects the biases, norms, and perspectives of the time in which they were created. In particular, for resources about persons and groups, this language is often outdated and harmful. These descriptions also incorporate controlled vocabularies, which include some headings that are offensive or inappropriate.

We use international standards for description, but support and actively participate in efforts to update and change these practices as we strive for descriptions that are inclusive, respectful, and do not cause harm. We acknowledge the critical importance of community consultation in these efforts, and as residents on Treaty 6 territory and Métis Region of Alberta 4 we commit to working together with our local communities to make these changes.

The University of Alberta Library is committed to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership with Indigenous peoples for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections.