If you are looking to explore the history of the City of Wetaskiwin and area, your family history, or the City’s military heritage, The City of Wetaskiwin Archives is the place to visit!
In 1978, City Council gave the Archives a mandate to collect and care for the documentary heritage of the City of Wetaskiwin and surrounding areas. We store records from some of the earliest years of our City’s history in our environmentally controlled and fire safe vault. We conserve, preserve, and safeguard the past to make it available now and for the future.
Ensuring Wetaskiwin's Legacy Lives On
Photographs, family histories, newspapers, records of organizations and businesses, school attendance registers, early tax ledgers, newspapers, and the Comrades in Arms video series are only a few of the items found at The City of Wetaskiwin Archives.
Our Archives hold many collections, such as that of photographer Carl Walin, whose widely respected and award winning local photographs range in date from 1919 to 1956; the Stan Reynolds collection containing pre-1900 original negatives; and the Daisy Lucas collection of our pioneers, businesses they dealt with, and the organizations which they belonged to.
These are just some of the many sources of information found in The City of Wetaskiwin Archives that are available for viewing. Our archivists are continually working to make more records & photographs accessible to the public.
The City of Wetaskiwin Archives receives many requests for information from all over the globe. Journalists, historians, broadcasters, authors, teachers, and students are only a few of the many groups who have enquired about Wetaskiwin's past.
If you would like to request information from the Archives, please try to include the following:
- a clear explanation of what/who you are trying to find
- a list of other sources you have searched—to avoid a duplication of efforts
- complete names of individuals and any other details that could assist with identification, such as a school district, any known dates, religious affiliation or other family members, etc
- your email, mailing address and phone number for contact purposes
The City of Wetaskiwin Archives staff & volunteers are unable to undertake extensive research requests. Depending on the size of your request, a research fee may apply and must be paid in advance. For more information please contact The City of Wetaskiwin Archives at (780) 361-4423.
Donations from current and former members of the City and district are vital in attaining a complete history of Wetaskiwin. The Archives is always looking for photographs and paper based memorabilia about our community’s past, and has a special interest in information about veterans from the Boer War, the First World War, the Second World War, Korean War, and Peacekeeping Missions. This information is used in specialty displays such as the Remembrance Day display which can be found at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #86 and for schools around the district. We strive to do our best to ensure that all veterans are represented.