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What is the purpose of an archive?
An archive is a repository responsible for the appraisal, acquisition, preservation and conservation of records that have been determined to have continuing historical and informational value. These records can be personal or business papers, diaries, letters, photographs, newspapers, art, etc. In Wetaskiwin the archive is part of the municipal government departmental structure as well as the place where the archival materials are housed.
What is the difference between an archive, a library and a museum?
Simply put, a library houses books, museums house three-dimensional objects, and archives house informational records and photographs.
Who can donate to the City of Wetaskiwin Archives and how?
Anyone who has history or information pertaining to the City of Wetaskiwin and area can donate to the archive. You can visit the archives in-person at 4904 - 51 Street with your information, or call us at 780-361-4423.
Why do we need to keep old records?
Archival records are not only used for producing local histories, but also for the ongoing operations of the City where historical knowledge is crucial to the current and future planning and decision making processes. Archival records may also be used by many different types of researchers, scholars, students, teachers, documentarians, genealogists, historians, and writers to name a few.
Why are historical records available to the general public for research purposes?
Archival records are most valuable when they are used. Making use of the information Wetaskiwin's Archives provides contributes to the City's understanding of itself.
Why do we need an archive when we have local residents and retired municipal employees who know the history of Wetaskiwin well?
Volunteers and local historians can provide valuable assistance in preserving and interpreting municipal records, but they are not a substitute for dedicated professional staff whose job is to establish and sustain the archival enterprise. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) concerns can also prohibit the use of volunteers. Archival management is information management and requires professional skills and knowledge.
4705-50 Ave. Wetaskiwin | Box 6210 | Alberta, Canada T9A 2E9 | Ph: (780) 361-4400 | Fx: (780) 352-0930
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