The City of Edmonton Archives maintains as part of its collection a library of newspaper articles clipped from local papers and organized by subject. Spending time digging through the collection, occasionally articles pop up which grab my attention. Sometimes the stories are interesting, but unremarkable. Other times they are much more than that. Lost history, stories which deserve a deeper look, or which present topics on which radical changes in perspective have taken place. I hope to keep this section updated fairly regularly with items that I find in ‘the Clipping File.’
In many cases the clippings go back to the late Nineteenth and Early twentieth centuries and cover a broad diversity of subject areas relevant to the history of Edmonton other Albertan communities, north of Red Deer. Often they are of local interest, but sometimes the broader connections are there to be explored.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit the City Archives they have a searchable online catalogue which can be limited to show results from the Clipping File by g0ing to the “Database type” field, and type in “Clippings”, or select it from the drop down menu to the top right “Look up.”
They also have very helpful archives staff available in the publicly accessible reference room at the historic Prince of Wales Armoury who can help with topics, or suggest files that may not be actively reflected in the public access catalogue. The collection has something for everyone. Whether its material for researching local family connections, fuel for the imagination, journalistic or academic research, etc the City of Edmonton Archives clipping file is a fantastic resource.
Hopefully by reading the articles I have written the reader will be understood that my perspective is dedicated to pulling back a curtain in order to see what lies behind, beneath, or beyond; instead of just a simple retelling. The articles from the Clipping File, to one degree or another, are dedicated towards that end.
These 4 photos I have taken myself. I like the first two especially for the way the camera distorts the perspective, giving a looming, almost “Gotham-esque” effect. If for some reason you want a copy of any of them, just let me know and I’ll send a higher resolution image.
Click Here to learn about the Armoury at HistoricPlaces.ca