We invite you to visit the City of Wetaskiwin Archives located in the Civic Building. Here you can learn about your community as well as research the past.
Established in 1978, the City of Wetaskiwin Archives was given the mandate of preserving as much of the documentary history of Wetaskiwin as possible. This led to the Archives we have today with over 250 meters (over 800 feet) of shelving filled with documents and images rich in local history. The City of Wetaskiwin Archives is nationally and internationally known for its collection of over 150,000 photographs and negatives which is comprised of images from the Wetaskiwin Times, the News Advertiser, family snapshots and albums and from the studios of local professional photographers. The City of Wetaskiwin Archives is the prime repository for the images of Carl W Walin, a prominent and professionally respected photographer and owner of the Artistone Studio in Wetaskiwin from 1919 - 1956.
The City of Wetaskiwin Archives also has a large newspaper collection comprised of actual local papers and microfilm copies from 1901 to present. The earliest papers give an exciting view of life in the pioneer community including notes about the activities of local families, businesses, churches, organizations and schools. Here you can search for your grandmothers Grade Six marks which were printed on the paper's front pages. What an incentive to get good grades! Contact the city archivist, Rachel Knudsen, with any questions or comments about our local history.