This guide highlights collections available via the University of Alberta. More primary sources are openly available online, or available elsewhere. To find the best sources for your project, talk to a subject librarian!
Primary sources can be found in published materials at the library, or digitized into databases and online collections. Original documents can be found in museums and archives. Primary sources can be individual items, collections brought together by theme, or archival fonds (records created by an individual or institution in the course of daily activities).
In addition to primary sources held at the University of Alberta Libraries, the library also subscribes to databases and online exhibitions that feature primary sources.
Many primary sources are only available by searching through specific collections. Browse for collections by clicking on a geographical region:
Sometimes, it is possible to search multiple collections at once, covering a wide range materials. To search broadly across multiple collections, click on a search platform to see which collections are included:
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