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Museum and Art Collection Database

Glenbow Museum has recently begun to digitize its art and artifact collections. What you will currently find in this database is a small selection from our art, community history, military history, and Native North America collections, primarily focusing on the history of Alberta. Please check back regularly as we continue to add to this online collection.
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Archives Databases

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Archives Main Catalogue
The Archives Main Catalogue contains descriptions of unpublished archival records, such as diaries, letters, and minute books, for over 3,500 families, organizations, and businesses in southern Alberta.

Finding Aids/Scanned Documents
The Finding Aids/Scanned Documents provides links to detailed catalogues for 750 of our most popular and highly used archival fonds, and to over 75,000 pages of digitized archival documents relating to Mounted Police, First Nations, immigration and settlement, farm organizations, and politics.

Archives Photographs
The Archives Photographs Catalogue contains 110,000 historical photographs, illustrations, posters and cartoons, documenting the people, landscape, and development of the Canadian West from the 1870s to the 1990s.

CPR Land Sales
The CPR Land Sales Catalogue contains records of 50,000 sales of agricultural land by the Canadian Pacific Railway to settlers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta from 1881 to 1927.

Programs
The Programs Catalogue contains descriptions of over 1,100 programs of concerts, dinners, openings, commemorations, theatre productions, graduations, political rallies, and sporting events held in Alberta (predominantly in Calgary) from 1886 to the 1900s.

Music
The Music Catalogue contains descriptions of over 300 pieces of sheet music (1867-1980s), and over 500 sound recordings (1914-2000s) written, published or performed by western Canadians, or which have a Western or Canadian theme.

School Districts
The School Districts Catalogue contains the names, locations, and dates of establishment of over 4600 school districts (primarily rural one-room schools), established in Alberta between 1885 and 1982.

Library Databases

Library Main Catalogue
The Library Main Catalogue contains descriptions of over 100,000 books, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, and government documents relating to the history, art, Native peoples, and popular culture of Western Canada, with an emphasis on Calgary and southern Alberta.

Journal Articles
The Journal Articles Catalogue contains selected articles from the Library's holdings of several hundred journal titles relating to museum practice and the history, art, native peoples, and popular culture of Western Canada, with an emphasis on Calgary and southern Alberta.

Newspaper Clippings
The Newspaper Clippings Catalogue contains listings of 15,000 newspaper clipping files maintained by the Library of people, places, and subjects relating to the history of Western Canada, with an emphasis on Calgary and southern Alberta. Selective clipping of a wide range of local newspapers has occurred over the past 50 years, with some parts of the collection dating back to the 1880s.

Map Collection
The Map Collection Catalogue contains descriptions of over 5,000 maps relating to the exploration, settlement, and development of Western Canada, with an emphasis on Calgary and southern Alberta.

Trade Catalogues
The Trade Catalogues database contains descriptions of over 6,500 trade and store catalogues, cookbooks, and how-to manuals relating to the agriculture, industry, and material culture of Western Canada, with an emphasis on Calgary and southern Alberta.

School Yearbooks
The School Yearbooks Catalogue contains descriptions of several hundred school yearbooks and other student publications produced in Western Canada, with an emphasis on Calgary and southern Alberta.

Scouting & Guiding Catalogue

Scouting & Guiding Catalogue
The Guiding and Scouting Catalogue contains descriptions of over 700 books and journals published by Canadian and international Boy Scout and Girl Guide organizations and/or relating to the scouting and guiding movements and associated interests.

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