At the City of Saskatoon Archives, we work to preserve and provide access to the historical records of the City of Saskatoon, as well as to those of historically significant individuals and organizations in Saskatoon.
We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, including over the lunch hour. No appointment is necessary, but we recommend calling ahead to let us know you’re coming.
Staff will also provide research assistance by post, by email or over the telephone.
The archives contains records from the City of Saskatoon and its predecessor bodies dating back to 1902, and includes maps, plans, letters, reports, agreements, contracts, minutes, and directories documenting the history and growth of our city and the decisions made by the civic government and administration.
Our holdings database is available in-house only. Digital versions of our holdings are generally not available online. Finding aids for selected collections and series can be searched through the MemorySask database, hosted by the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists.
Records available for research include:
- City Council and committee minutes (1902 - present)
- City bylaws (1903-1985)
- Engineering reports
- Fire Insurance Maps (1907-1963)
- Reports to Council
- Town of Sutherland records (1910-1956)
- Tax Assessment Rolls (selected, from 1906-1955)
- Aerial photographs (1927-1987)
- City maps, street and subdivision plans
- Building plans
- Burial records
- Voters lists (1909-1988)
- Henderson directories and telephone books (1909-2000)
- Municipal Manuals and annual reports
Private collections donated to the Archives include the Saskatoon Star Phoenix photograph collection of 400,000 photographs dating from 1946-1999, and records from organizations like the Meewasin Valley Authority, the 1989 and 1971 Canada Games, records donated by the families of Senator Sid Buckwold and Mayor John S. Mills, and others. For more information, contact the Archives.
Donating Records to the Archives
The City Archives accepts donations of historical records relating to Saskatoon and its people, 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 Saskatoon;
- Photographs of Saskatoon and its people
- Letters, diaries, and other material relevant to the history of Saskatoon and its people;
- 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 Town 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.