‘Archives and records are important resources for individuals, organizations and the wider community. They provide evidence of, and information about, the actions of individuals organizations and communities and the environments in which those actions occurred. They extend and corroborate human and corporate memory and play a critical role in maintaining awareness of how the present is shaped by the past.’ –Laura A Miller
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 Book 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.
Come and see the small but growing collection!
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!
What are we looking for?
The Archives Rare books, and special collection of Slave Lake is growing and we want to include documents created by people or organizations as they go about their usual activities. Examples of these types of documents are:
Thank you for considering adding your documents and collections to the Archives Rare books, and special collection of Slave Lake. What we are able to preserve will affect how people view and understand our past.
What do you mean by records?
We look for materials which document the activities of the organization: minutes, letters, reports, photographs and publications, for example.
My organization opposes many government actions and policies. Why would I give my files to a Town department?
Our professional staff adhere to a code of ethics, and value objectivity above our personal biases or those of Town officials.
We need to use our records. We don't want to give them away.
We do not wish to take your current records. We can work out an appropriate time delay so that you will retain the records you need, and only older records be donated to the Archives. You will still be able to view the older records at the Archives.
We discuss some very sensitive issues at our meetings. It's too early for anyone else to read our minutes and internal reports.
We can work with you to determine a suitable time frame for restricting the records, so that only those to whom you have given written permission may view certain materials. We only ask that records not be restricted forever.
What do we get out of this?
Your records will be organized and stored securely in a preservation environment. The work of your organization will be known and valued by future generations.
The Archives follows professional Archival standards and the Association of Canadian Archivists’ ‘A code of Ethics for Archivists in Canada.’
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:
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:
1. Visit the Archives at the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library during the operating hours of the archives.
2. Consider becoming a donor to the Archives, and donate your records to us.
3. Consider lending your material to us. Depending on the type and nature of the material, we can showcase your material as well as make a digital copy for desktop clients.
4. Tell your family and friends about us.
1. To showcase and preserve the historical records of the Town of Slave Lake and the surrounding area.
2. To promote the appreciation and study of the history of the Lesser Slave Lake region.
3. To create a public Archives to capture the past and future events of the Lesser Slave Lake region.
Tips on Preservation of Family Heirlooms
Lyndsey Carmichael – Archivist
Office Hours: Tuesdays 10 AM - 4 PM
Fridays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Or by appointment
Mail: Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library
Slave Lake Alberta
‘An Archive will enable us to better comprehend the past, understand the present and prepare for the future’