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Glenbow Library and Archives

An overview of the Glenbow Library and Archival Collections available through the University of Calgary


About the Subject

The Glenbow Library and Archives is one of the largest collections of documentation on the history of the Canadian West, and the unique development of the Prairie Provinces. It’s primary focus covers the geographical regions of Southern Alberta. It has strengths in Indigenous communities, Métis genealogy, the North-West Mounted Police, the Canadian Pacific Railway, agriculture and ranching, labour and politics, oil and natural gas exploration, and the Canadian Arctic.

In 2019 the Glenbow Museum relocated the majority of its library and archival holdings to the University of Calgary. 5,500 m of textual records, 2,000,000 photographs, 600 hours of audio records, 100,000 books, 15,000 maps were apart of the move. The Glenbow Museum retained most of the materials relating to Indigenous communities and art.

You can search for archival material from the Glenbow collection at the University of Calgary here:

You can explore the digital content here:

Physical access to these collections is available through the Glenbow Western Research Centre, located on the second floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library. To view these collections please contact us at

For material still at the Glenbow Museum, please contact them at

"William J. Oliver photographing downtown Calgary, Alberta.", [ca. 1920s], (CU1128667)

"William J. Oliver photographing downtown Calgary, Alberta.", [ca. 1920s], (CU1128667)


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