About Us

An Introduction: Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library Archives, Manuscripts & Special Collections

In May 2011, the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library was destroyed by the fires that devastated the Town of Slave Lake and the surrounding area, including its’ small, newly established archives. In June 2013, the Library moved back to its original location after being in a temporary location since the 2011 fires. Shortly after relocating, the Library received a donation of $10,000 by the Slave Lake Fire Book Committee to start a new Archives, Rare books & Special Collections.
In light of the Slave Lake Fires of 2011 and in honour of the Slave Lake Fire Committees’ generous donation, the Archives seeks to acquire, preserve and make available records of historical value to the Town of Slave Lake and the surrounding area, as well as promote the appreciation and study of the Lesser Slave Lake region.
The Archives provide a safe and secure location to house the historical records of Slave Lake and the Lesser Slave Lake region. The Archives also provide a welcoming environment for the general public and encourages access and use of its records. The Archives is open to all members of the public during operating hours or by appointment.


The Slave Lake Archives LATEST acquisition:

The newest addition to the Slave Lake Archives comes from the Lesser Slave Lake Historical Society:

We received many new artifacts, Newspapers, books, and historical town records! We are excitedly going through these items and adding them to our collections and display cases! Come by the Library to see some of these artifacts displayed and visit the Archive room (located near the fireplace) to browse through the rest of our collections!



  • The Archives received a donation from the Alberta Legislative Library of the 1956-1960 editions of the Lesser Slave Lake Star.
  • Lakeside Leader collection
  • The Scope Collection

The Archives follows professional Archival standards and the Association of Canadian Archivists’ ‘A code of Ethics for Archivists in Canada.’ 

Privacy restrictions:

All records are maintained by the Archives are subject to Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) legislation and restrictions may apply. The Archives will inform researchers of any restrictions to access and use on the records during their visit.

Reproductions & copyright:

Reproductions of photographs or other material in print or digital form are available for purchase and use according to specific terms and restrictions. Reproductions (i.e. photocopying and scanning) will only be performed by the Archivist and library staff. Please consult the Reproductions & Copyright on the next page for the fee schedule and guidelines.

Access and use guidelines

As per the Archives Preservation policy (pg. # of the Processing manual), researchers are must follow these guidelines at all times when using the material at the Archives:


  • All researchers wanting access to records must fill out a Researcher Registration form.
  • Researchers can submit a material request slip for material they would like access to.
  • Researchers may view the material in the Archives Room or in another area instructed by the Archivist.
  • Pencils must be used in the Archives room, ink is not permitted.
  • When handling the records, keep documents in the same order that they came in the box. Never re-shelve or reorganize the material.
  • No food or beverage is allowed in the Archives Room and library.
  • Material may not be removed from the Archives.
  • Use of a camera is not permitted without consent by the Archivist. Flash or enhanced light is never permitted.
  • No backpacks, jackets or coats are allowed in the Archives room. Researchers can store their belongings in a designated storage area of the Library instructed by the Archivist or library staff.
  • Have clean and lotion-free hands when handling photographs.
  • Use two hands or a temporary support like a weight when moving material.

Reproductions & Copyright

The Archives offer reproduction services to the general public.
Adhering to the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act, the Archives will provide single copies of records for the purposes of research, private study, education, criticism, reporting and review. For any other purposes outside of exemptions set by the provisions of Fair Dealing, please contact the Archivist as authorization from the copyright owner of the work may be required. 
If reproduction services are requested, please note that:

  • Reproductions will only be made if the process does not damage the physical integrity of the record. Any record in a fragile state will not be reproduced.
  • Reproductions will not be made that violates the Copyright Act, or the access policies set the Rotary club of Slave Lake Public Library.
  • Archival or secondary resources will not be loaned to be reproduced outside of the Archives.
  • Payment must be received first by the Archives before Reproduction Services can commence
    • Payment may be made by cash, cheque, or debit payable to the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library.