Subseries 3 - Edmonton Historical Board

EHB Plaque for Queen Alexandra School A. MacDonald Building A. MacDonald Building - NE A. MacDonald Building - SE A. MacDonald Building - NW A. MacDonald Building EHB Plaque for A. MacDonald Building Alberta College Entrance Alberta College EHB Plaque for Alberta College
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Edmonton Historical Board

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  • Graphic material - photograph

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CA EDM RG-21-2-3

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3.8 m of textual records. - 710 photographs

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Administrative history

On May 24, 1966 Bylaw No. 2823 was passed to establish the Edmonton Historical Board. The Board was meant to act in an advisory capacity to City Council in order to discover, select, acquire, index, catalogue, and prepare for safe keeping, reference, and suitable display records and artifacts relating to the history of the City of Edmonton. They also recommended the purchase of property and recommended the employment of people to collect, catalogue, and display material received. In August of that year the Board requested to be under the Parks and Recreation Department.

In 1971 the City Archives and City Artifacts Centre were established out of the Edmonton Historical Board, alleviating the board from the responsibility of collecting historic records and artifacts.

The Board also advised on the designation and preservation of historical buildings, streetscapes, and communities, serve as a liaison between Council and community groups on historical matters, and raise awareness of Edmonton’s history. The Historical Sites Selection Committee was established in 1974, and given responsibility for selecting which sites in the City would be considered historically significant. In 1983 the maintenance of the Register of Heritage Buildings was added to the Board’s responsibilities.

The Board also recommended to Council the most suitable ways of displaying historical material collected by the City, the erection of historical plaques and markers, and the recognition of individuals and groups who have contributed to Edmonton’s history. The first recognition awards were given out in 1975.

Other board activities have included special projects like the publication of books, overseeing special events, and coordinating with other heritage organizations such as the Society for the Preservation of Architectural Resources in Edmonton (SPARE), Fort Edmonton Park via the Honourary Chief Factor, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, the Edmonton Heritage Network, the Old Strathcona Foundation, the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association, the Edmonton and District Historical Society, and the City of Edmonton Naming Committee.

Custodial history

Scope and content

This sub-series consists of records created by the Edmonton Historical Board and includes photos taken at awards ceremonies (1975-1986), plaque unveilings (1982-1985), photos taken for the 1982 book Edmonton’s Threatened Heritage, and photos taken of EHB plaques and the buildings they are affixed to between 2006 and 2011. This subseries also contains a copy of every recognition award the Board handed out from 1975 to 2017.

EHB awards nights

  • 1975 (EA-258-1 to 20)
  • 1978 (EA-20-5507 to 5519)
  • 1981 (EA-20-7226 to 7245)
  • 1982 (EA-20-7205 to 7219)
  • 1983 (EA-20-7248 to 7263)
  • 1985 (EA-20-7314 to 7329)
  • 1986 (EA-20-7355 to 7396)

Plaque unveilings:

  • Alex Taylor School and Transit Hotel, 1981 (EA-20-7185 to 7204)
  • Cairn at The Hermitage, 1983 (EA-20-7246 to 7247)
  • Reed’s China and Gift Shop [?], 1985 (EA-20-7330 to 7334)

Photos for Edmonton’s Threatened Heritage, 1980
(EA-20-7220 to 7225)

Photos of book launch for Gateway to the North, 1984
EA-20-7298 to EA-20-7313

Photos of buildings and plaques, 2006-2011
EA-792-1 to EA-792-517

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Physical condition

Preservation copies of newspaper clippings and thermos-fax paper were made during processing. Some large files were split to better house material, but original order was maintained.

Immediate source of acquisition

These material was transferred to the City of Edmonton Archives between 1975 and 2016 by the Edmonton Historical Board.


The material was arranged according to the filing system of the creator.
The photographs in this sub-series were arranged in no particular order and assigned item numbers with the prefixes EA-20, EA-258, and EA-792.
Some reports in this series were assigned item numbers with the prefix GP.

Language of material

  • English

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There are no restrictions on access.

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Copyright may apply.

Finding aids

See Scope and content above.
File list available online.
Photographs have been described at the item level; some are available on the online database, with the remainder available in the reference room.

Associated materials


Further accruals are expected.

General note

Accession numbers: A75-109, A79-1, A82-14, A82-104, A82-124, A82-133, A83-98, A83-102, A84-188, A85-149, A85-156, A86-126, A92-6, A97-181, A2010-100, A2016-155

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City of Edmonton Archives

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Physical storage

  • Box: East B
  • Box: Library
  • Map cabinet: East B
  • Shelf: Library