News and Events at the Provincial Archives

Provincial Archives Of Saskatchewan Launches New Online Catalogue

Released on February 7, 2020

As Archives Week comes to a close, the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the launch of its new online catalogue. This archival catalogue uses Access to Memory (AtoM) open-source software, allowing the Archives to easily share information with the public and with many other provincial and national archival catalogues.

Hazel, Bill, Harry and Abe Jackson, UFC Orchestra at Sandwith, SK, October 16, 1940.

“This online catalogue puts the rich history of our province directly at the fingertips of our citizens,” said Minister Responsible for the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan Ken Cheveldayoff. “This will enable a broader audience to access historical documents anytime, anywhere whether their research be personal or academic.”

Researchers can search over 900,000 descriptions of records from the Permanent Collection of the Provincial Archives.  The catalogue also provides online access to more than 300,000 digitized original archival records, primarily photographs and textual records.  New content is added as records are processed and digital projects are completed. 

“Our new catalogue provides a fresh, streamlined approach to accessing our holdings,” Provincial Archivist, Linda McIntyre said.  “It enables us to make content available online quickly and easily, for research use across the province and around the world.” 

To search the new AtoM catalogue, visit https://search.saskarchives.com/. Researchers interested in learning more about the historical records in the Permanent Collection at the Provincial Archives should visit www.saskarchives.com.



Digitization of Audio Interviews with First Nations and Métis People

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, in partnership with the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS), has digitized 400 audio interviews of Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis people that were recorded during the 1970s and 1980s. 

Some of the topics covered in the interviews include the North-West Resistance, participation in both world wars, and the experiences of First Nations and Métis people.

Access to this material can be requested by contacting Reference and Outreach Services

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan will be collaborating with First Nations University of Canada, with Gabriel Dumont Institute, and with other First Nations groups to further disseminate these materials. 


Everyone at the Archives is actively involved in consolidation-related preparations. However, when time allows, some of our staff are busy processing and describing records. One of the collections that we’re currently working on is the Photographic Services Still Photography series (S 73). It is estimated that this series is comprised of over 200,000 images that span from the establishment in the mid-1940s of Photographic Services as the principal photo agency for the Government of Saskatchewan, until the dissolution of the agency in 1996. In addition to capturing the activities of government, Photographic Services photographers also documented the landscape, industry, culture and people of the province.  Portions of this large collection are now available to researchers in our reading room at 3303 Hillsdale Street; more images will be made available as they are processed and described.

PAS Photo S9-230-06

PAS Photo 59-230-06      PAS Photo 59-274-42

PAS Photo 59-230-05     PAS Photo 59-317-02

PAS Photo 59-230-05

PAS Photo 59_326_28

PAS Photo 59-230-06: View of the chalet at Kenosee Lake in Moose Mountain Provincial Park, 1959. Photographer: Ralph Vawter. Ektachrome.

PAS Photo 59-274-42: Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, passing a troop of Cub Scouts as she departs from a ceremony held outside the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, July 1959.

PAS Photo 59-230-05: Beach scene at Kenosee Lake in Moose Mountain Provincial Park, 1959. Photographer: Ralph Vawter.

PAS Photo 59-317-02: "Stocke" Stockebrand, an outdoor writer-photographer from Independence, Kansas, is greeted by Ray Manville, proprietor of Manville’s Waskesiu Bungalow Cabins at the Waskesiu Lake townsite in Prince Albert National Park, June 1959. Photographer: Alan Hill.

PAS Photo 59_246_08: A young dancer participating in a pow wow on the Cowessess First Nation, 1959. Photographer: Calvin Dean.

PAS Photo 59-326-28: Scene from the bare-back horse riding contest at the Aquadeo Beach Rodeo, held at Jackfish Lake, July 1959. Photographer: Alan Hill.


 

Public reference services are available Monday through Friday,
from 10 am to 4 pm at 3303 Hillsdale Street in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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 has begun to release the first digitized copies of the province’s community newspapers from 1939 to 1945 on the Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online website.

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.

 


 

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

1914-1918

 

‘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.