Glenbow Museum Collection

Glenbow Museum stands tall as a savior of Western Canada’s history and culture for more than 50 years. It has managed to engage visitors with its immersive collection of artwork and awe them with its impeccable connection between culture and art. It is a place where you can learn about the past, about the legacy of the extraordinary people and how their contributions shaped the community.

Glenbow Museum basically represents the Western Canadian art and culture. It boasts an extensive collection that includes arts and artifacts that represent the cultural history of the region. Over the year, the collection has evolved and expanded to with numerous historically significant artworks, photographs, documents, and other objects.

Minerals / Native North America / World Cultures - Museum Collections

Archives Collections at Glenbow Museum

  • There are more than 100,000 books, newspapers, pamphlets, journals, and government documents that are related to the history, art, Native people, and culture of Western Canada. It has a special emphasis on southern Alberta and Calgary.
  • It includes journals, articles that contain Library holdings consisting of numerous journal titles that are related to history, art and culture of Western Canada
  • It includes numerous unpublished archival records which include letters, diaries, and minute books, for more than 3,500 organizations, families, and businesses in southern Alberta.
  • The archives photograph selection includes more than 110,000 illustrations, photographs, posters and cartoons that beautifully document landscape, people, and development of the Canadian West. It focuses on the time between the 1870s to the 1990s.
  • Programs catalog contains more than 1,100 listings of concerts, graduations, dinners, theater productions, political rallies, openings, commemorations, and sporting events held in Alberta between 1870s to the 1990s.
  • The school districts and school yearbooks contain details regarding the establishment of more than 4600 school districts with their name, location and year of establishment.
  • It includes Guiding and Scouting Catalogue which contains descriptions of more than 700 books and journals that are published by Canadian Scout organizations.
  • The Trade Catalogues contains an extensive database of 6,500 trade and stores along with their detailed description and how-to manuals in the field of industry, agriculture, and material culture.
  • The Music Catalogue boasts description of more than 300 pieces of sheet music and slightly above 500 sound recordings that were written, published or performed using a Western or Canadian theme.

Community History Museum Collection at the Glenbow

How to search these collections on the museum website?

The Glenbow Museum website has an archives section which is a primary research platform for writers, students, historians, filmmakers, genealogists, and media. It contains all details of the collection in digitalized form. If you know which collection you would like to view or search, simply ‘Select Search Database’ from the dropdown and you will be able to access the collections.

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