Library & Archives

A research centre for western Canadian art and history


Archival Research

Glenbow Western Research Centre

Glenbow has transferred most of its physical Library and Archive collections to the Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary. The Centre has extensive holdings of unpublished documents and photographs related to the history of Western Canada. This includes approximately:

  • 22,000,000 pages of textual records
  • 2,000,000 photographs
  • 125,000 books
  • 15,000 maps
  • 600 hours of audio recordings
  • 4,000 videos and films

You can search the digital collection on their website.

Contact the Glenbow Western Research Centre at


Glenbow has retained archival material for art, artists, as well as for some First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Should you require access to this material, please contact Daryl Betenia, Director, Collections & Curatorial at

Please note: If the records you are looking for have been previously digitized, we will be able to share that material with you relatively quickly. If the material you are requesting has not been digitized, we will provide physical access to the records you are requesting as quickly as we are able. Please also be aware that Glenbow’s building—the JR Shaw Centre for Arts & Culture—is currently undergoing major renovations, which will periodically delay physical access.

Glenbow Western Research Centre
The Glenbow Western Research Centre at the Taylor Family Digital Library

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