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  • UAA-2016-027
  • Accession
  • 1999-2006

Internal Audit (audits)

Vice-President Finance and Administration


  • UAA-2016-028
  • Accession
  • 1950s

Four 8 x 11 photos of the University of Alberta Hospital (circa 1950). Two illustrate the construction of the new addition to the UA Hospital

City of Edmonton Archives


  • UAA-2016-029
  • Accession
  • 2014-2014

Commemorative Plaque - Campus Alberta signed by Alberta University Presidents

Vice-President (Academic)


  • UAA-2016-030
  • Accession
  • 2000-2001

Minutes of Meetings 2000-2001

Education Society of Edmonton


  • UAA-2016-031
  • Accession
  • 1992-1999

Records related to bid to host 1999 Pan-am Games in Edmonton. Minutes, repors, budget information.

Physical Education and Recreation


  • Accession
  • 1978

McInnes, Grace


  • Accession
  • 1949 - 1999

1 pin from the University of Alberta Spring Convocation in 1949 and an pin from University of Alberta Fall Homecoming in 1999.


  • Accession
  • circa 1940s

University of Alberta "Varsity Song Book", published by the Students' Union of the University of Alberta.

Students' Union


  • Accession
  • 1979 - 1980

Membership lists, newsletters and minutes from IPALLOSH (InterProvicial Association of Library Lovers of Sheep), which is a group of Chief Librarians in the western provinces of Canada.

InterProvicial Association of Library Lovers of Sheep (IPALLOSH)


  • Accession
  • 1948

Creator is John Charles Grant (Rule Wynn and Rule Architects - Edmonton)

Grant, John Charles


  • UAA-2017-007
  • Accession
  • 2012-2017

Books published by the University of Alberta Press.

University of Alberta Press


  • UAA-2017-008
  • Accession
  • 1984 - 1994

Audio recordings of interviews with accompanying transcripts: Psoriasis Research Project, Herbal Medicine
Botanical Field Notes and Photos
Media Coverage
Sweat Lodge Ceremonies video recordings

Young, David E.


  • UAA-2017-010
  • Accession
  • 1994-2010

Operational files primarily GSA Council Sessions

Graduate Student's Association


  • UAA-2017-015
  • Accession
  • 1965 - 2006

Executive Committee Minutes from 1965-2006

Executive Committee


  • UAA-2017-016
  • Accession
  • 1990-2014

Copies of Folio publications from 1990-2014. Most volumes contain complete issue series; however some are missing. Duplicate copies also contained in accession.



  • Accession
  • 1930-1966

Bound copies of Minutes of the Council of the Faculty of Dentistry from 1930-1966

Faculty of Dentistry


  • Accession

Consists of 380 cm of Board of Governor's and Board standing committee minutes and supporting documentation. Also includes General Faculties Council Minutes and supporting documentation.

Board of Governors

UAA-2018-005 (Bibliotheque St. Jean)

  • Accession
  • 1980

Bibliotheque St. Jean photographs in three albums and in envelopes. approximately 200 colour images of the campus and staff of BSJ.

Bibliotheque Saint-Jean

UAA-2019-001 (Robert Layton)

  • UAA-2019-001
  • Accession
  • 1935-1968

Textual records from Robert (Bob) Layton's years at the University of Alberta, including newspaper clippings, directories, programs, handbooks, playbills etc.

Layton, Robert (Bob)

University Governance

  • Fonds

Fonds consists of records pertaining to University Governance at the University of Alberta.

University Governance

University of Alberta Library Standards Archive

  • AEU-SA
  • Collection
  • 1950s- 2000s (predominantly 1970s-2000s)

A list of superseded ANSI and ANSI-approved standards in print held University of Alberta Libraries Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF).

University of Alberta Press fonds

  • Fonds 145
  • Fonds
  • 1975-1979

The University of Alberta Press fonds consists of office records, as well as numerous publications.

University of Alberta Press

University of Alberta Studio Theatre fonds

  • Fonds 426
  • Fonds
  • 1949-2009

The records in the Studio Theatre fonds span a period of more than forty years. They offer record of a long-standing and innovative working theatre deeply involved in the Edmonton arts community, as well as documenting an important component of the University of Alberta's drama department program. Studio Theatre has contributed immensely to the development of theatre in Alberta and Canada, as witnessed by the number of individuals working in theatre across the country who have participated and gained experience on the Studio Theatre stage.

The records have been arranged and described in six series, with a basic chronological order maintained within each series. There is information about almost every play produced on the Studio Theatre stage between 1949 and 1991. Information tends to be fairly skimpy for the earlier productions; a production file might only contain a program and review clipping. As the years progress, more and more information is included with the production file. Reports from technical crew heads, front of house reports, financial records and publicity clippings are routinely kept. The production books, described in Series III, often provide the most detailed and varied information about a production. These books are production scrapbooks, and include programs, reports, clippings, telegrams, related correspondence, photographs, set plans, cast lists, and much more. Almost all of the production books have a copy of the script, used by the director as a prompt script and annotated with movement blocking, directions, and notes. In some production books, the director has included a written commentary critiquing various aspects of the production; theme may also be discussed, and background research notes about the play and playwright included.

With over 4000 photographic images (prints, negatives, and contacts) represented in the fonds, it is possible to get a 'visual' sense of the productions. Many productions are represented by both 'official' and 'candid' shots, and there are views of actors, sets, and costumes. The photographs vary in quality of picture as well as physical condition of print. Also documented in the Studio Theatre records are production posters, costume designs and set plans. Again, a researcher may have to consult the production book (Series III) as well as the specific media listing (Series IV) to see all available documents in these areas.

Not represented very extensively in these records is administrative documentation; a researcher interested in Studio Theatre administration should consult the general drama department records. The administrative records that are available in this fond consist of the correspondence files described in Series I. Torches Theatre records are also fairly sketchy, consisting of production books for the years 1962-1969.

The Studio Theatre records are a valuable contribution to theatre history documentation at the University of Alberta, and the City of Edmonton. They provide a glimpse of the people involved in drama during a formative time for theatre development in Edmonton. Social history is revealed through the plays chosen for production at Studio Theatre, mirroring the issues and trends in the wider society. Classical and contemporary plays, some experimental and others quite traditional, are all a part of Studio Theatre's production legacy.

The records have been arranged and described as six series, and a detailed series and file list follows. A brief description is provided of each series, followed by the file listing. A production index is found at the end of the inventory to assist in locating specific files.

Because the Studio Theatre records were received at the Archives as several deposits over a period of years, there was a need to bring the records together intellectually to better aid researchers looking for as complete a picture as possible. A basic chronological arrangement was maintained, with series arrangements assigned by the archivist to reflect function and format of the records.

The records are in good physical shape. The bound production books tend to be somewhat fragile and archivally compromised because of their 'scrapbook' quality. The paper in the books is very acidic, and items have often been attached with glue and scotch tape. Newspaper clippings are taped beside photographs, and oversize plans folded to fit the books. The binding of the production books is good, however, and no attempt was made to remove affixed items from the books. The pages with attached photographs were interleaved with acid-free tissue paper. In the production show files, newspaper clippings were photocopied and originals removed, and photographs were separated from the textual file for separate storage and description. The photographs vary in quality, and physical shape and it is obvious that they were handled a lot in the course of choosing publicity shots, etc. Contact prints and 35mm negatives are available for many of the productions. Where possible, oversize items have been flattened and stored separately.

University of Alberta Studio Theatre

University Secretariat fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1969-1981

Fonds consists of records from the University Secretariat at the University of Alberta.

University Secretariat

Video Video Production fonds

  • Fonds

Contains audio visual materials created by Video Video Productions related to the University of Alberta.

Video Video Productions

Violet Archer fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1925-2000

The Violet Archer fonds span a period of over seventy years, and provide a valuable record of the composing, research, teaching and life experiences of a noted University professor and internationally recognized composer of music. The Violet Archer fonds is unusually complete, with intact records that illustrate both professional and personal facets of her life. As noted in the introduction, the Archer records, except for her original compositions and scores, arrived at the University of Alberta Archives without much evidence of original order or organization. While her scores and musical compositions had been listed and numbered by James Whittle, Department of Music librarian at the University of Alberta, the remainder of her records was transferred in large boxes to the Archives from her home in Ottawa. Boxes were labeled as coming from her basement, piano bench, bookshelves, etc. but were pretty mixed in each box. A large volume of the textual records is comprised of correspondence, and while the correspondence tended to be boxed together, within any single box would be a range of letters spanning any number of years. Correspondence from the 1950's was interspersed with correspondence from the 1990's. Each letter appeared to be methodically opened with a letter opener, read, and returned to the envelope (even Christmas and birthday cards were returned to their envelopes). Other like records were often boxed together; teaching files in single boxes, and boxes containing books, others with sound recordings, etc., providing the only evidence of extant original order. The large volume of records received, however, essentially loose and unorganized, necessitated the imposing of order by the archivist. Two page series were determined, that of professional and personal papers, and several sub-series delineated within each of these two series. Series One Professional and Career-related papers, are the largest of the two series and are organized into several sub-series. The sub-series designations are based on the contents of the records, and often chronological in terms of order within each sub-series. Within Series One are student records (Archer as student); teaching records, chronicling her years on faculty at North Texas State College, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Alberta; correspondence files; composing records; and reference records. The sub-series are substantial in size, and provide a wealth of information about Archer's professional life. Within the correspondence files, there is outgoing and incoming chronologically arranged correspondence, letters with identified individuals, reference letters, correspondence with associations and organizations, and publishing project and music dealer correspondence. The composition and composing sub-series of records is further organized into performing rights organization records, music publishers contracts and correspondence, conference and workshop records, performances, honors and awards, and original Archer compositions. The sub-series of reference material is also extensive, and includes listings of the imprint, books, music by other composers, and a collection of sound recordings maintained by Archer. Of especial significance, are the files of original Archer scores and compositions. A significant number of her compositions are represented in these holdings, and provide evidence about the steps and processes involved in creating a piece of music from manuscript beginnings to a final published piece of music. Series Two, Violet Archer's personal papers, while much smaller in extent than Series One, provide a fascinating glimpse of the person behind the public persona of professor and composer. Her personal correspondence files, particularly the incoming and outgoing correspondence with her younger sister Carolyn, document the emotions, struggles, triumphs and challenges she faces as a woman functioning in a very male-dominated field and time period. Carolyn is the one person that Violet freely confides in, and she shares thoughts, feelings, and philosophies with her sister that are only touched upon in the other records housed in the fonds. Rounding out the personal records in Series Two are other correspondence files, financial records, insurance records, artwork, and a large photographic sub-series. The Violet Archer fonds provides numerous research opportunities. Students of music history, composition, and theory will find the records valuable, as well as individuals interested in researching a woman's career path in pre-and post-second world war North American society. There are records related to the music scene in both the U.S. and Canada, letters exchanged with well-known musicians, colleagues, writers and students; and many documents associated with the music publishing industry. The growth of the University of Alberta's music department is documented in the records, as is the growth of Canadian music organizations. The completeness, extent, and condition of the Violet Archer fonds ensure its strong informational and evidential research value.

Archer, Violet

Walter Edgar Harris fonds

  • 2012-27
  • Fonds
  • 1915 - 2011

This fonds contains the records of the University of Alberta chemistry professor Dr. Walter Harris. He was instrumental in the modernization of the University’s successful Analytical Chemistry program. Dr Harris was acclaimed for his work in chemistry education, scientific research, and committee service.

The materials date from 1915 to 2011. The records predominately date after Harris began his career at the University of Alberta in 1946. The collection is rich in teaching materials, including a number of lectures written verbatim, an abundance of lecture slides and audio visual recordings of Walter Harris lecturing, as well as a significant amount of Dr. Harris’ research papers and supporting information. The fonds also incorporates materials related to the history of the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta. In addition, it provides insight into Harris’ book publications with related correspondence, revisions and notes. The fonds is abundant in records relating to Harris’ work as a committee member including meeting minutes, agendas, committee reports, and correspondence.

This fonds contains an array of document types including such textual materials as notes, correspondence, talks, programs, pamphlets, articles, cards, course materials, announcements, books, and personal history information. It also contains yearbooks, plaques, certificates and newspaper clippings, as well as a variety of media types including photographs, slides, negatives, lantern slides, a 16mm film, reel-to-reel audiotapes, a VHS videocassette, a u-matic video tape, and a CD-ROM disk. The fonds geographically pertains predominantly to Canada with some materials created in the United States, and a few materials generated in countries abroad. The materials related to Europe are from international conferences or committee travels taken by Harris.

Harris, Walter Edgar

Walter Jungkind fonds

  • UAA-2014-008
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1995

The fonds consists of nearly 31 meters of material mainly of correspondence and files from the dates of 1960-1995 from Walter Jungkind’s work in several organizations including Icograda, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada; the Society of Graphic Designers of Alberta; the creation of Graphic Design at the University of Alberta and the University of Alberta’s Visual Identity.

Jungkind, Walter

Western-Canadian science-fiction fanzine collection

  • Collection
  • 2013

This collection of science fiction fanzines, apazines, oneshots, convention material, and misc material was donated to the University of Alberta Libraries in 2013 by Chester Cuthbert. The material dates from the late 1970s to late 1980s.

Wilfred Watson Fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1946 - 1998

The Wilfred Watson fonds span a period of over fifty years, and provide a wonderful record of the creative processes of a noted Canadian poet, playwright, teacher and literary theorist. Wilfred Watson was a writer brimming with ideas and his papers provide evidence of his creative endeavors; his numerous notebooks are filled with drafts of plays and poems, ideas for further development, excerpts from his own reading and study, sketches, and jottings about his daily activities. In addition to his notebooks, there are files of his writing drafts (encompassing the many genre he wrote in), very complete correspondence files, drawing files and sketchbooks, and supplemental material including sound recordings and photographs. The records arrived at the University of Alberta Archives in three separate deposits (the last deposit of records made after Wilfred Watson's death), with excellent listings and descriptions attached. The archivist brought the records in each of the three deposits together physically and intellectually, while retaining many of the original groupings adhered to in the first listings. The notebooks, for example, were kept chronologically by Wilfred Watson, so the notebooks from all three deposits have been pulled together and arranged in their original date order. Likewise, the correspondence in each deposit was arranged alphabetically by correspondent and in the comprehensive finding aid, all of the correspondence is together and arranged in alphabetical order. The series designations include the following eight series, and were arrived at by considering the contents of the records. Watson's notebooks are of particular research value as they provide so much information about Wilfred Watson's creative thought processes, as well as information about his teaching plans, readings, Department of English activities, and even a daily weather observation from his study window. The notebooks also held loose sheets of paper, and these have been removed for conservation purposes and placed in a separate file following the notebook they were retrieved from. The series of literary drafts and writing files is also very significant; often several different versions of a particular poem or even an entire play are present in the files. The writing files take on added significance since they provide evidence of, as Wilfred Watson was once described, "a prolific poet who publishes little." As Diane Bessai noted, Watson's plays, while given lively reviews in the daily press at the times of their first performances, "have not been widely produced since". His writing, particularly his later writing, was often considered controversial and experimetnal, and was not readily published or produced, so it is important that his work is preserved in his own archive. The correspondence files, particularly the letters between Wilfred Watson and Sheila Watson, provide another fascinating glimpse into these writers' minds. The Watsons, due to work and schooling circumstances, lived apart off and on over the years and their letters became their main link. Their letters, written regularly to one another, usually go beyond the ordinary to explore mutual ideas about writing, writers, literature, and projects they are working on in their own studies. A detailed series and file list follows, with further information provided about each of the eight series in the Wilfred Watson fonds. A subject/name index is included at the end of the inventory to assist in locating specific files.

Watson, Wilfred

William A.S. Sarjeant History of Earth and Allied Natural Science Collection

  • Collection
  • 1823-2000 (bulk 1960s-1980s)

The collection consists predominately of journal offprints, but is not limited to newspaper clippings, maps, popular magazine clippings, maps, and a few slides. Material is in English, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech (and a host of other Slavic languages), Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Russian, Italian, French, and possibly others. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of the history of geology, plankton (and various types of), and palynology.

Sarjeant, William Antony S., 1935-

William Clare Wonders fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1886-2003

Dr. William Wonders collected papers comprise 10 metres and consist of correspondence and publications related to his career as a geographer and teacher, working files on his participation as a member of organizations for professional geographers, historians, and social scientists, and his reference collection of press clippings and reports relating to the world north of 60o. Canada, Alaska, the Arctic, and Scandinavia are chiefly represented in the collection.

Wonders, William Clare

William Elmer Adkins Fonds

  • Fonds UAA-1982-139
  • Fonds
  • 1929 - 1983

The William Elmer Adkins Fonds consists of 165 black and white photos in three albums. The fonds also includes three Oils Sands Project reports with illustrations, tehcnical charts and maps, and a 20 minute interview on audio tape.

Adkins, William Elmer

William Pearce Fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1858 - 1930

The William Pearce Fonds consists of records documenting the three phases of his professional life: federal surveyor and administrator (1874-1884); federal advisor for western development policy (1884-1904); and western consultant for the Canadian Pacific Railway (post-1904). Most of the records in the Pearce fonds were created in the region that was the focus of his career: the territory fomerly known as Rupert's Land and the North-West Territory, later to become the prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. A small portion of the records document Pearce's activites during his retirment

Pearce, William

William Rowan Fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1908 - 1957

William Rowan's papers consist of correspondence, field diaries, sketches, research notes, teaching materials and observations in Zoology (especially in ornithology) from 1908 to 1957. The manuscripts of his published and unpublished books, and of his speeches and writings on scientific and social matters, are an important part of the papers. Professor Rowan pioneered research in migration patterns and corresponded with major scientific figures across North America, Great Britain, and the European Continent. Recognized as a talented scientific artist he designed the whooping crane stamp for the Canada Post Office in 1954. His zoological designs also originated from his work in the Canadian and international conservation movement. His speeches, radio talks and writing reflect his interest in world political matters and the nuclear age. The Rowan family members wrote often and at length to each other. Their letters include their observation of local, national and international affairs from 1908 to 1957.

Rowan, William

William Sampson fonds

  • Fonds 443
  • Fonds
  • 1964-1980

Admintistrative, research, teaching and student records of University of Alberta professor of history William Sampson.

Sampson, William

William Tuomi Fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1911 - 1982

The fonds consists of material collected and created by Bill Tuomi during his career as a social activist and member of the Canadian Communist Party. Materials include news clippings, correspondence, Communist party publications, arrest and detention documents, and other materials.

Tuomi, William

Winnipeg Railway Union Records Collection

  • Collection

This collection contains documents and materials produced or used by Canadian Pacific Railway Unions - in particular, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen - in Winnipeg between 1898 and 1968. The collection includes financial records, meeting minutes and logbooks, administrative documentation such as application forms, and cirulars and correspondence.

Workshop West Theatre

  • Fonds
  • 1978 - 1995

The records consist of administrative, production and play development records. There are eleven series in this fonds: Administration, Development, Finanical Records, Fundraising, Production Records, Publicity, Subscription, Miscellaneous, Contracts, Oversized Items, Photogrphs. While the bulk of the records are textual, the fonds also contains production photographs, set designs, promotional materials, and posters. The files in this accession are arranged in chronological order within the separate series beginning with the administrative files. The fonds also contains the University of Alberta’s Drama 681 course materials, resumes, diaries and weekly reports by artistic director Gerry Potter from 1981 to 1992.

Workshop West Theatre

World Communism in the 20th Century

  • Collection

Pamphlets cover a wide range of important topics in the world communism, including the Sino-Soviet dispute. Includes a large number of pamphlets from the British Communist Party and its allies, and pamphlets printed in Albania.

Writers' Club fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1919-1927

Fonds consists of records pertaining to the University of Alberta's Writer's Club.

Writers' Club

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