News and Events at the Provincial Archives

We are closed on Monday October 14th for Thanksgiving Day

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan R-A15688

Regular public hours will resume

Tuesday, October 15, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

3303 Hillsdale Street

Expanded Reference Hours

Public reference services have been expanded and are

Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

At this time all records are available for research use in our Reading Room at 3303 Hillsdale Street. 

As the move project proceeds, only records from certain locations may be available at any given time.  We will do our best to ensure that there is as little disruption to services as possible.  Researchers will be notified regarding the availability of records and services as our consolidation process continues.     


Provincial Archives Adds to Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan will begin to release the first digitized copies of the province’s community newspapers from 1939 to 1945 on the Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online website.

“Researchers interested in family history, military history and community engagement in the Second World War can now read online reports from Saskatchewan’s towns and cities,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “Insight into what was happening in Saskatchewan during this period is brought to life through these newspapers.”

This is just the beginning of the Archives’ latest digitization project, with the remainder of Saskatchewan’s community newspapers from this period becoming available by the end of 2020.  When completed, the digital content will encompass approximately 560,000 pages of newsprint from nearly 160 community publications across the province.

 “We are excited about adding to the availability of these records online,” Provincial Archivist, Linda McIntyre said.  “Newspapers bring world events to the community and provide a rich source for local interest in the period.”

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan invites everyone to visit

To learn more about the many treasures in the Permanent Collection at the Provincial Archives, visit

For more information, contact:

Karen Webb
Central Services
Phone: 306-787-1960
Cell: 306-536-7812



The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan recently received a ceremonial bible belonging
to Charles Avery Dunning and thought that this was a good opportunity
to share some information about Saskatchewan’s 3rd Premier
and some of his records held in our Permanent Collection.

While the Archives does not typically acquire these types of items, as the bible was presented to
a Premier of Saskatchewan it is of particular historical significance.


Ceremonial Bible presented to Charles Avery Dunning upon his swearing-in as
Saskatchewan’s 3rd Premier on April 5, 1922

Charles Avery Dunning was born in 1885 in Croft, Leicestershire, England.  He moved to Canada with his family and homesteaded in the Beaverdale district, west of Yorkton.

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Elevator Company and in 1911, at age 26, became its manager.

His career in provincial politics included service as a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly for Kinistino and later Moose Jaw County, as well as tenures as Provincial Treasurer, Provincial Secretary, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Railways and Minister of Telephones.  In 1922 he became Saskatchewan’s 3rd Premier.  He served in this capacity until 1926.

Dunning’s government was responsible for ending prohibition in 1924, but continued regulation through the establishment of government-owned and operated liquor stores.

He was a Federal Cabinet Minister from 1926 to 1930, serving as Minister of Railways and Canals and Minister of Finance.  After a brief return to business he was elected to Parliament again in 1935 and returned to the finance portfolio.  One of his legacies was the establishment of the Canada Mortgage Bank which today is the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Dunning left politics in 1939.  In 1940 he became Chancellor of Queen’s University.  He died in Montreal in 1958.


Un pas historique pour la préservation du patrimoine 
documentaire francophone en Saskatchewan

A historic step for preserving francophone
documentary heritage in Saskatchewan

Dans le cadre de la Semaine des archives 2019, la Société historique de la Saskatchewan et les Archives provinciales de la Saskatchewan ont signé une entente de collaboration à long terme propice au développement de services d’archives en français.

As part of Archives Week 2019, the Société historique de la Saskatchewan and the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan have signed a long-term collaboration agreement for the development of French-language archival services In the province. 

Click here to read the news release.  Cliquez ici pour lire le communiqué de presse.



The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan is happy to announce that our entire collection of back issues of Saskatchewan History magazine (1948-2017) is now available as free PDF downloads. Click here to learn more and to access the 182 issues.




The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan invites you to visit our YouTube channel to view our five-part video series:


From the Prairies to the Trenches

Saskatchewan and the First World War



‘From the Prairies to the Trenches’ examines the events of World War One from a uniquely Saskatchewan perspective, with each video focusing on a specific year of the conflict.

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, in partnership with Radio-Canada and ‘La Cite’/ University of Regina, are happy in offering the series in both English and French language versions, with associated closed captioning.

A comprehensive listing of the sources used for the video series can be found here.