Archives Moment: Another important resource at our archives

The Musée Héritage Museum Archives has many different resources for our researchers. The Archives Moment video above talks about the information files we have at the museum and these files have become a valuable resource in addition to our archival materials. But what kind of topics do these files cover?

 

We have our information files broken up into sections. The first section is biographies. So these are files on prominent people and families from the St. Albert area, ordered in alphabetical order by last name. Patrons who are doing genealogy research will often refer to these files when investigating their families.

 

We also have sections broken up into topics.  Core topics include archaeology, bridges, businesses, civic history, clubs and organizations, maps and surveys, and schools. These core topics have subheadings for a variety of different topics we have come across that are significant to our area.

For example, under bridges, we have the first bridge on Perron Street from 1861 as a subtopic. Under businesses, you will find information on iconic buildings like the Bruin Inn, Banque d’Hochelaga, and the Royal Hotel.

Lastly, we have a section for Historic Sites and Buildings. Over the years, we have collected files on significant buildings that still stand today, such as the St. Albert Grain Elevators and Little White School.

We also have cultural assessments for many historical buildings that go back to the early 1980s. So we have developed a good inventory of our cultural historic sites.

Information files are another tool we have for our researchers. We previously spoke about our genealogy database, which is also one of the more widely used tools for family researchers. If you are interested in learning more about the different types of materials in our archives, you can check out our previous blogs about our materials, and specific ones on maps and how maps can be used to show different types of things.

As always, you are welcome to get in touch with the Musée Héritage Museum Archives at archives@artsandheritage.ca or 780-459-1528 if you are interested in learning more about what our archives have.