Alberta Folklore and Local History

This unique archive of local folklore and history from 1943–1945 was created by the Alberta Folklore and Local History Project which was established by the Department of Extension at the University of Alberta with the help of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation (and directed by Robert Gard) to collect manuscripts, radioscripts, plays, stories, tall tales, reminiscences, poems, school yearbooks, newspapers, and photographs. Most of the materials were produced during the latter years of World War II, and their focus is consistently local. A product of its times, the collection offers a perspective which is largely male, and it only indirectly reflects the experiences of local Indigenous and non-English speaking immigrant communities. The collection has been digitized as part of the University of Calgary Library's "Our Future, Our Past: the Alberta Heritage Digitization Project," which is now a part of their larger Digital Collections. Researchers can consult original materials in the Peel library or view materials online using the original Alberta Folklore and Local History Collection finding aid captured by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.


Collection Formats: 20th Century, Ephemera, Manuscripts, Newspapers, Photographs -- click to see other collections with this format