Bruce Peel Special Collections houses both rare books and archives. By “archives,” we mean unpublished materials of historical value, which may include photographs, letters, business records, literary manuscripts, diaries, etc. Researchers may discover Peel's archival collections in the "Research Collections" section of the Peel website or by searching the U of A Library catalogue. Descriptions of the materials included in a particular archival collection are shown in the finding aid. To sample Peel's archival collections, you may want to check out the archive of influential twentieth-century Canadian poet Dorothy Livesay or that of early bison activist Martin S. Garretson, the archive of pioneering agricultural journalist Miriam Green Ellis or that of frontier author and adventurer Roger Pocock, or you may want to explore Peel's fur trade collections. Researchers must request archival materials in advance in order to be sure that the materials have been retrieved from storage and are available for their use.
Selected archival materials can be viewed in digital collections such as U of A Library’s Peel’s Prairie Provinces database and, say, the Klondike Gold Rush section of the Sam Steele Collection website.
Collection Formats: 19th Century, 20th Century, Art Work, Correspondence, Ephemera, Manuscripts, Newspapers, Photographs, Postcards -- click to see other collections with this format