Collection MS-788 - Oblate Archives collection

Fort Edmonton Hudson's Bay Co. Fort, Edmonton, Alta Hudson's Bay Fort, Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton Area Fort Edmonton Looking Northwest Fort Edmonton from the Southwest Hudson's Bay Fort John Walter's Mill Waiting for the Ferry Ferry Crossing the North Saskatchewan River
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Title and statement of responsibility area

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Oblate Archives collection

General material designation

  • Graphic material - photograph

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on name of creator.

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  • [ca. 1886-1910] (Creation)
    Oblate Archives

Physical description area

Physical description

11 photographs

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Administrative history

The Oblate Archives holds the records from the Missionary Oblates in Alberta. The Missionary Oblates is a Roman Catholic Congregation of men founded in France by Eugene de Mazenod in 1815. The Oblate Missionaries began to arrive in Canada in 1842; by 1861 they built a chapel in Fort Edmonton and established a mission community of St. Albert.
The Oblate Archives was established when the Missionary Oblates of Alberta-Saskatchewan entered into an agreement with the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) in 1973. While the Oblates retained ownership and control over their records, the material is processed, described and accessible through the PAA.

Custodial history

Father Emile Tardiff was the historian of the Oblate Archives at the time of donation.

Scope and content

The collection consists of records donated by the Oblate Archives as the records better serve the mandate of the City of Edmonton Archives. It consists of photographs of early Edmonton, including Fort Edmonton, the North Saskatchewan River and John Walter’s Mill.

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Immediate source of acquisition

This collection was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Father Tardiff in 1968.


See ‘Scope and Content’ above.
The photographs were arranged in no particular order and assigned item number(s) with the prefix EA-48.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions on access.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright may apply.
Reproduction restrictions may apply.

Finding aids

See ‘Scope and Content’ above.
Photographs have been described at the item level and are available in the City of Edmonton Archives Reference Room.

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

Accession numbers: A68-117A

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City of Edmonton Archives

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Rules for Archival Description (RAD)
Archives Society of Alberta Subject Terms



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Physical storage

  • Box: Library