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City Archives 

The City of Saskatoon Archives is a public institution. Its mandate is to preserve, maintain and provide access to the historical records of the City of Saskatoon and its predecessor bodies, as well as to the records of selected individuals, families, groups and organizations deemed to be significant to the city's history.

For general information about the Archives and its services, please see the relevant sections on this page. For more detailed information, please follow the links on the navigation bar to the left.

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Donate your records to the City of Saskatoon Archives.

Click here for on-line reference services. 

Contact the Archives: 

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  • J. Jeffrey O'Brien, City Archivist

    224 Cardinal Cr.
    Saskatoon, Sask.
    S7L 6H8

    Tel:   (306) 975-7811 / 657-8725

    Fax:    (306) 975-2612

    E-mail:  Click here for contact forms

    Public Hours:   Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Donating Records to the Archives: 

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The City Archives accepts donations of historical records relating to the City of Saskatoon, for example:

  • Photographs and documents relating to city staff, departments and officials, civic structures and facilities, and civic-related events;
  • Records of businesses, families and individuals with strong ties to the City of Saskatoon;
  • Letters, diaries, photographs and other material from the very early history of Saskatoon;
  • Photographs relating to the Meewasin Valley Authority;
  • Photographs from the 1989 Jeux Canada Games and the 1971 Canada Winter Games;
  • Photographs and other records relating to city planning and to the growth and development of Saskatoon
  • Photographs and records relating to the history and administration of Sutherland before 1956;
  • Photographs and records relating to the RM of Cory and to the early history of Montgomery Place;
  • Maps and aerial photographs of Saskatoon and area;
  • Other related material

For more information about how you can help to improve the documentary heritage of our city, please contact us.



Reference Services: 

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[Annie Hill, 1929, Woodlawn Cemetery.]
  • General Reference:

    Reference inquiries are welcome in person, by telephone, by e-mail or by post.

    In order to ensure the best service possible, we strongly encourage researchers to call ahead before visiting the Archives.

  • On-line Reference Service:

    On-line research and reference services are available only by following the link below and submitting an on-line reference form.

    On-line Reference Services

  • Genealogy:

    Working on your family tree? As part of our list of research tools we have included web sites we believe will be of interest to those doing genealogical research, including contact information for other archives in Saskatchewan, annotated links to genealogical sites and to the Woodlawn Cemetery burial lists.

    City Archives records which genealogists may find useful include burial records, Saskatoon Henderson Directories (1909-2000), Voters lists from 1909-1975 and tax rolls (predominantly 1903-1911).

    The City of Saskatoon Archives does not generally have Birth, Death or Marriage records. These are available from the provincial Vital Statistics office.


City of Saskatoon Historical Resources: 

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Can't remember what day Saskatoon became a city or who was mayor in 1946? A variety of resources are available in the "City History" section, either by following the link in the navigation bar, or by clicking here:

The City History section contains:

  • a brief history of Saskatoon
  • chronology of significant dates and events
  • lists of mayors and councillors
  • history of the 1989 Jeux Canada Games
  • selected maps from the 1961 Housing Report
  • miscellaneous research reports
  • municipal election results
  • other material

We will continue expanding this section to include more resources relating to the history of Saskatoon.

 


Archives Holdings: 

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The Archives contains records from the City of Saskatoon and its predecessor bodies dating back to 1902. These maps, plans, letters, reports, agreements, contracts, minutes, and directories document the history and growth of the City and its administration, and the decisions that created the Saskatoon that we know today.

Records available for research include:

  • City Council and committee minutes
  • Bylaws (to 1975)
  • Town of Sutherland (1910-1956)
  • Tax Assessment Rolls (1906-1955)
  • engineering reports
  • photographs
  • city maps, street and subdivision plans
  • architectural drawings
  • burial records
  • voters lists
  • Henderson directories (1909-2000)
  • Municipal Manuals and annual reports

Private collections donated to the Archives include records from such organizations as the Meewasin Valley Authority, the 1989 Jeux Canada Games and the Saskatoon Track and Field Association.

Fire Insurance Plan - 1923

  • Fire Insurance Maps:

    The Archives also contains digitized copies of the City of Saskatoon Fire Insurance Maps, as well as the paper originals. There are four sets: 1907, 1911, 1923-1950 and 1963. These bold, brightly-coloured, large scale maps cover the city block by block showing what was built on each lot and giving details of construction and the building materials used.

    Electronic copies of these maps may be viewed at the City Archives. The originals are also available at the Archives and may be consulted by special arrangement only.

  • Bylaws and Minutes On-line:

    Selected bylaws, current council minutes and agendas (1991 - present), and current committee minutes and agendas (2002 - present) can be viewed on-line in .pdf format by clicking on the appropriate link below. Link will open in a new window.

     


Image Galleries: 

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What would an Archives be without exhibits showcasing its holdings? Our Image Gallery section contains links to displays of images and information taken from the City Archives' holdings.

The Gallery now contains three exhibits:

The City of Saskatoon Archives would like to thank the Saskatchwan Council for Archives and Archivists (SCAA) for hosting these displays on our behalf. In addition to our own displays, the SCAA website also provides links to numerous other "virtual displays" relating to the history of Saskatchewan.  


Research Tools: 

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There are a wealth of on-line resources for historical researchers, genealogists and the just plain interested, from homestead and military records to on-line exhibits and multi-institutional Guides to Holdings. As a service to our users, we have put together an annotated list of some of our favourite historical research tools and sites at the link below:

 


The City of Saskatoon Archives is part of the Office of the City Clerk, and acts both to support the administrative and legislative functions of the City of Saskatoon as well as to be an information resource for the  public. The Archives is an active member of the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists. We gratefully acknowledge financial support received from the Library and Archives of Canada through the Canadian Council of Archives.


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