University affiliation with provincial colleges began in the University of Albertaâ€™s first year of operation. Early affiliated colleges included Westminster Ladies College (formerly Alberta Ladies' College), Alberta College North, Concordia College, and Llanarthney School for Girls, Edmonton. The earliest recorded documentation of affiliation for these colleges covers the years January 3, 1912 - September 1, 1927. Other early documented relationships include the Senate Committee on Affiliation of Jesuit College (February 14, 1916 - November 21, 1919); Mount Royal College (November 8, 1911 - February 25, 1925); Robertson College (October 6, 1911 - September a, 1925); St. Aidan's College (April 3, 1913 - September, 1919); St. Joseph's College (August 13, 1921 - March 16, 1928); St. Stephen's College (September 15, 1908 - January 19, 1926); and Western Canada College ( August 20, 1908 - August 21, 1926). Records of the first committee on affiliated colleges consist of the minutes of the Committee on Affiliated Colleges. The committeeâ€™s existence predates the archival records that begin in 1931. Records of this committee's successor, the Affiliated Colleges Committee, continue until 1974. Like most university admissions responsibilities, the University administered college affiliation through distributed authority across faculties, the Board of Governors, the Universities Coordinating Committee and the G.F.C.
By the 1970s several pieces of provincial legislation articulated the affiliation of colleges with universities in Alberta. The Universities Act and the Colleges Act remain the principal legislation. The role of the Universities Coordinating Council in affiliating a college with universities is described in the Universities Act, Section 60, subsection (4) and in the Colleges Act, Section 25. The role of a University with respect to affiliation of other institutions is expressed in the Universities Act, Section 34, Subsection (1). The role of the Alberta Colleges Commission with respect to coordination of post-secondary institutions is described in the Colleges Act, Section 8, and subsection (i).
The records of this sub-series consist primarily of committee minutes, interdepartmental and extra-university correspondence
concerning college affiliation, studies, tables, and published material examining the concept of affiliation between colleges and the University of Alberta.