News and Events at the Provincial Archives



The Permanent Collection of the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan contains a wide variety of materials which are unique in size and physical condition. 

Included are oversize items, those that are fragile, and those in formats which cannot be housed in standard archival containers.

These items require special attention when readying them for the move. 


This presents enormous challenges and workloads for staff as these records must be distinctly labelled to distinguish them from the majority of the collection and many of them must be packaged or wrapped to ensure that they are protected.





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.