Archives Week

Archives Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of February.
Saskatchewan's first Archives Week was celebrated in 2006.
Events featured during past Archives Weeks have included phone-in shows on Radio; celebrity reading events, open houses and evenings of films in archives across Saskatchewan or of archival value to the province, a screening of the 1973 Saskatchewan-made film Paperback Hero was an example.

The "Archives Pavilion" at the Saskatoon Heritage Festival has been a regular feature in Saskatoon and annual events are held in Regina, but other communities including Craik, Cut Knife, Humboldt, LaRonge, Lloydminster, Melfort, North Battleford, Prince Albert, St. Isidore de Bellevue, Shaunavon, Swift Current, Climax and many more across the province all hold events. A recent feature, begun in 2021, has been the production of short YouTube videos to promote the SCAA membership and to "Celebrate Archives".

As part of the celebration, the SCAA grants institutional members, who succeed in their application, funds to support these events and ask them to send a "letter of thanks" example.pdf to our funder.

Archives Week will continue to be an annual event, celebrated during the first full week of February starting on the Sunday.

February 2-8, 2025

February 1-7, 2026

Archives Week 2024 Events

SCAA's 19th annual Archives Week was declared for the week of February 4-10. 2024!

Our members once again brought Saskatchewan’s archives into the provincial spotlight.

Google Map of events

Archives Week 2024 Videos - Day 1

SCAA President Mark Vajcner welcomes you to Archives Week 2024 and it's video series for the year.

Join the Archivist at the City of North Battleford Historic Archives as they walk us through the Archives and introduces us to the dedicated group of volunteers as they prepare for their exhibit "Our Evolving River Valley" for Archives Week 2024. The exhibit will be on display at the Co-op Territorial Mall from February 8 to 10.

Archives Week 2024 Videos - Day 2

See the treasures kept by the Archives of the Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery.

Join Stevie Horn, Special Collections Librarian at the Saskatoon Public Library, talk about the materials contained at the Local History Room.

Archives Week 2024 Videos - Day 3

Listen as the City of Saskatoon Archivist, Jeff O'Brien, tells of the many treasures preserved at the City Archives.

Join one of SCAA's newest members at the Climax Community Museum as they take us through their display of J.E. Gryde's General stores in Waldville, Orkney, Braken & Climax.

Archives Week 2024 Videos - Day 4

Listen to Karin Steuber, Public Outreach Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, as they explain the importance of archives in documenting and researching in archaeological profession.

Join Assistant Librarian, Amy Putnam, as she speaks about the many treasures preserved by the University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections.

Archives Week 2024 Videos - Day 5

Christine Charmbury, Archives Advisor for the Métis Nation - Saskatchewan, tells us of the importance of preserving the documents and the genealogical work of members of the Métis Nation.

Join Leanne Tremblay, Reference Archivist and Outreach Coordinator with the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, as she tell about the large variety of primary sources collected and preserved by the Provincial Archives.

Join Heather Cline as she brings closing greetings from the SaskCulture board.

Archives Week 2024 Proclamation

ARCHIVES – where memories are preserved and history is made!

We can once again be connected to the vast amount of history and heritage our province has to offer and bring Saskatchewan’s archives into the spotlight while encouraging everyone to remain safe and respect current health measures.

SCAA has planned a virtual event, whereby institutions and individuals have submitted short videos showcasing their successes and achievements of the past year; and also display the hard work and dedication of archivists in preserving the vibrant history of the province. These videos will be featured online each day during Archives Week. They include virtual tours, open houses and celebrations from SCAA members.

We are proud that this event will have the capacity to reach potentially every region and community in Saskatchewan!


Archives Week 2024 poster


The Climax Community Museum is planning an Open House highlighting a collection of the first general store in Climax featuring a collection of photos, calendars, and other ephemera from J.E. Gryde’s general stores in Waldville, Orkney, Bracken & Climax.

Share your knowledge of the people, stories, and times in a relaxed setting with friends, refreshments and dainties.

SCAA videos will be shown, with one featuring The Climax Community Museum.

The Open House will take place on Thursday February 8, 2024 from 1-4:30 p.m at 219 Main Street, Climax. Everyone is welcome to this FREE event!


An Archives Week Photo Exhibit opens on February 6 at the Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery. Celebrate the Clubs and Organizations that have helped build our community throughout the years! The exhibit will be on display at the Museum with online content on the Cultural Services website,, and its social media platforms.

Visit the archival exhibit and share your stories about the clubs and organizations that have been a part of your life. We would love to hear from you! Please contact the museum at or by phone at (306) 682-5226 if you can’t stop by in person.

Join us on Saturday, February 10 from 1:30 to 4:00pm for the Archives Week Open House. View the photo exhibit, watch a slideshow, and eat cake! This free event is open to all ages, and we’d love to see you there. 

The Museum (602 Main Street) is open Tuesday to Friday from 1-5 pm and Saturdays from 10am-12pm & 1-5pm.  Admission is by donation. 

La Ronge

The Northern Saskatchewan Archives, PNLS, will be celebrating Archives Week 2024 after a 3-year hiatus due to COVID, on February 5-9. They will be open from 10am to 4pm and will feature displays that have been donated over their closure.

These displays include:

  • "Darrel Giesbrecht: Flying in Far Northern Saskatchewan, 1970s-90s" - Photos from his time as a bush pilot flying from La Ronge, Wollaston Lake, Stony Rapids and Uranium City.
  • "William John Davis, Back-Country Explorations 1920s-50s" - Photos taken during his adventures into northern Saskatchewan, donated from England by his granddaughter.
  • "Paul Floch, Construction of the Island Falls Dam, 1928- 30" - Photos taken when he worked at the building of the huge Hydro-Electric Power Station near Sandy Bay, donated by his grandson Dave Floch of La Ronge.
  • "Larry Hewitt, Dene Life in the Far North, 1970s" - A newly-digitized display of photos taken while he explored Dene traditional lifestyles in La Loche.
  • Also "Lac La Ronge Fisheries and Filleting Plant" and "Northern Holiday, 1919"

Come and browse through the displays and binders of photos.

More information: Graham Guest,



Lloydminster Museum & Archives will celebrate Archives Week 2024 by hosting a presentation titled "A History of Draft Horses on the Prairies"
Location: 4207 44 Street, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
Donations welcome, please register in advance by contacting 780-874-3720 or
When: Wednesday, February 7, 1:30pm - 2:30pm.

Learn about the history and role of the draft horse on early prairie farms and in industry. Local author and presenter Merlin Ford will touch on various breeds, importing to North America, early days of traveling stallions, famous horses and breeders from the area, the increased involvment of youth and women, the draft horse today, and the uncertain future of these magnificent animals.

Attendees will also have a chance to win one of Merlin's books.

Moose Jaw

The Moose Jaw Public Library Archives are celebrating Archives Week 2024 with two programs.

The first is on Wednesday February 7 at 2:30pm, celebrating and recognizing Leith Knight (1924-2013), local historian, archives librarian and creator of the Moose Jaw Public Library Archives. They will be unveiling a plaque commemorating Knight, and will be joined by Scott Hellings, who recently published "A Knight To Remember", a collection of Knight's columns for the Times Herald.

There will also be some archival records and photographs available to view. 
Refreshments will be served in the library.

The second will be on Thursday February 8 at 2:30pm called "In the Archives: Moose Jaw Wild Animal Park." Participants will be challenged to come and explore the Archive and learn about an interesting part of Local History.

North Battleford

The City of North Battleford Historic Archives will set-up a display for Archives Week at the Discovery Co-op Mall from February 8-10 from 11am-4pm. Their topic for this year is the "Our Evolving River Valley" will cover the history of their river valley geologically/naturally, as well as trade and business as the city developed.

They also will have an Open House on February 12 from 12 to 2 pm at the Don Ross Centre Room #111, 891-99th Street in North Battelford

Regina - Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan will be participating in Archives Week 2024 with a film night featuring digital restored film 'unlocked' from the Archival Vaults. On February 7th at 7pm at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, 2440 Broad Street in Regina, you can learn about film preservation from Film Rescue International, Refreshments will follow #ArchivesWeek2024.

Regina - Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina archives will be participating in Saskatchewan Archives Week. From February 5 to 9, 2024, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, there will be a trivia game posted at the diocesan centre office: 2nd floor 2151 Scarth Street, Regina, SK. The activity centers on the history of the diocese and includes a practical exercise supervised by the archivist using the holdings. The entry with the most correct answers is the winner. There is a catch! No technology allowed. That is correct; no Google! Encyclopedias, books, archives, phone calls, and the living memories around you, however, are all valid options for your research. Please also note the office is closed over the noon hour: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Anyone can play! Just make sure your submission is entered by 4:00 PM on Friday, February 9th, 2024.


To kick off Archives Week the SCAA will be participating with some of our members in the Heritage Festival of Saskatoon on Sunday February 4

St. Isidore de Bellevue

Archives de Bellevue Celebrates Archives Week with a Tea and Treasures Event at Centre culturel Le Rendez-vous, Bellevue, on Thursday February 8, 1-3 pm.


The Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre in Shaunavon will be celebrating Archives Week 2024 with their Gallery Exhibition highlighting their collection of The Shaunavon Standard newspapers dating back to its beginning in 1913.

OFFBEAT: Odd & Unusual News Stories from the Shaunavon Standard
Coffee & Conversation
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
In the Grand Coteau Centre Gallery
440 Centre Street, Shaunavon

Over the years there have been many odd and unusual news articles printed in the local newspaper. The public is invited to share their own stories and memories as we as we feature a variety of these articles and some related photographs from our archives at this special Coffee & Conversation event.

Everyone is welcome to this free event. Coffee and goodies will be served.


The Whitewood Tourism and Heritage Association will celebrate Archives Week 2024 on February 8 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the  Whitewood Heritage & Archive building. They will be hosting Dave Klein, an avid military historian and has completed a project for the Kipling Legion to gather thistories of the area veterans.

Archives Week 2024 poster blank for promotion of member's events

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Why Archives Week?

One thing we have learned is that the memories of Saskatchewan's many achievements are well documented by its archival record. Historical texts, photographs, films, audio recordings and other archival material have been key resources in the telling of our story. Books such as Saskatchewan: A New History and the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, as well as numerous documentary films, newspaper articles and television advertisements could not have been produced without this province's archival institutions.

But few of the people reading those books or watching those documentaries ever stop to consider the historical records that went into making them, or the work that is done to ensure that those records are acquired, preserved and made available. Saskatchewan has over 50 established archival institutions. Saskatchewan's archivists have preserved millions of photographic images, gigabytes of electronic records and thousands of hours of audio recordings and moving images. They have also been at the forefront of technology-enhanced access to those records. Saskatchewan leads the country in producing the greatest number of "virtual exhibits," many of which have K-12 educational components. These provide instant access to key photographs and valuable documents.

Saskatchewan archivists argued for and helped to develop Archives Canada - a national database of archival information. Provincially, we have developed the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network (SAIN), an on-line database of textual records as well as being the first province to initiate an on-line provincial photograph database. 

In honour of our province's heritage and the work that has gone into ensuring its preservation, and to promote the role of archives in society, we celebrate "Archives Week" in Saskatchewan, on the first full week of February, this helps kick off Heritage month and coincides with the birthday of Edmund H. Oliver, who was the first professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, and arguably the father of archives in this province (see biography).

Archives Week fosters our identity and pride in our past with displays and special events. It elevates the role of our province's archival institutions as keepers of authentic evidence of our past, keeping archives on our map!

Archives Week: Edmund Oliver

Edmund Oliver's Role in Establishing Archives in Saskatchewan 

Although the first mention made of archives was by the territorial government in 1897, no comprehensive collection of records was then pursued. John Hawkes, first legislative librarian, began collecting material in 1907 but did so rather haphazardly, without a discernable sense of selection or appraisal (he referred to collecting "a whole drayload of matter.") The concept of archives was thought about most seriously following the hiring of Edmund Oliver as the University's first professor of history in 1909. Before he arrived Oliver wrote to University president Walter Murray advising him of entreaties he had already made in terms of acquisitions, saying "I have found that students must do laboratory work in history as well as in physics and we must secure the equipment necessary as soon as practicable." Within two years of his arrival Oliver had met and discussed the opportunity of establishing primary research resources with Hawkes, Premier Scott, and Arthur Doughty, the Dominion Archivist; in these initiatives he had the active support of Walter Murray. While Oliver was traveling throughout the province collecting materials from families, his correspondence to Murray indicated his appreciation of the need for appraisal within a collection, and he also foreshadowed our current understanding of archives as vehicles not only of heritage but of accountability and critical analysis. He wrote Murray: "As I understand my should produce not trained historians, but capable and intelligent citizens. As soon as we secure adequate equipment [his 'laboratory for history'], I have hopes that our students may be able to contribute something to the intelligent discussion of public questions. In part this will be a new field even for myself but I am convinced that in this direction lies a great opportunity."

Oliver's conversations with Murray resulted in a letter from Murray to Scott in 1911, suggesting "a commission to go into the question of the preservation of historical documents, or rather for the collection of provincial archives," further suggesting the commission be "a purely advisory body" consisting of the Premier and another member of government, two members of the legislature, a professor of history from the University, the President of the University, and the provincial librarian - altogether remarkably similar to the eventual provincial archives Board established three decades later. Also in that letter, it is clear that Murray and Oliver envisioned an archives collection of both government and private papers. Moreover, both Oliver and Murray, recognizing the value such a collection would have for their students, were concerned not only with future interest in such documents, but in their immediate access and use.

Professor A.S. Morton, often mentioned in regard to the development of the provincial archives, was hired in 1914 - instantly becoming the sole member of the history department, as Oliver (and Frank Underhill) had both joined up for war service. There would have been no reason for Morton, new to the country, the province and the University, not simply to have accepted the philosophy of proactive acquisition as part of his, and the history department's, mandate. This doesn't diminish Morton's role in vigorously pursuing the establishment of the Historic Records Office and, essentially, the provincial archives. Nevertheless, there is good evidence that Oliver truly initiated, and effectively began, a coherent provincial archival collection. Oliver appears to have had and understanding of the role of acquisition, appraisal, access, and accountability in archival work, and he understood that archives serve to document our past as well as inform our citizens. His birthday, 8 February (1882), is therefore a good date to start "Archives Week" in Saskatchewan.