Alberta Newspapers

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Resources for Alberta Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Newspapers can be a very valuable source of information; from an overview of life in an ancestor’s community to an informative obituary on his/her life.

Alberta’s first newspaper, The Edmonton Bulletin, started publication in 1880; The Calgary Herald in 1883. The Calgary Tribune, 1883, becameThe Albertan in 1886. Local newspapers ran in small cities and towns but often intermittently.[1]

Libraries and Archives[edit | edit source]

Collections of Alberta newspapers are at the Provincial Archives, the Alberta Legislative Library, the Glenbow-Alberta Institute Library, the University of Alberta Library, the University of Lethbridge Library, and the University of Calgary Library.

Provincial Archives of Alberta
8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1
Telephone: 780-427-1750

  • The Legislature Library has a nearly complete collection of weeklies from 1905.

Legislative Assembly of Alberta - Library Services
216 Legislature Building
10800-97th Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6
Telephone: (780)427- 2473

Digital Issues Online[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives
  • The Lethbridge Herald is available online. The paper is available at both the Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Collection ($) and ($). Note: Both sites are run by, however, the two sites have different subscription prices. provides access to thousands of other newspapers as well.

Wainwright Public Library

Wainwright Newspaper Archives Wainwright Star Newspaper 100 years digitized and searchable. Go to bottom of the library page for link.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

The Census Finder Website for Alberta has references for holdings in addition to census, including additional Alberta Newspapers and also Alberta Obituary indexes:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Borgstede, Arlene. "Alberta Newspapers (National Institute)," National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),
  2. Taylor, Ryan, "Canada Newspaper Indexes and Abstracts (National Institute)," The National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),