Policy Goals are established to progress the Purpose
Policy Limits are defined that help preserve and defend the Purpose
Working Group and Community of Faith Tools, Processes, and Resources have been designed that progress the Purpose


The Archives of The United Church of Canada in Alberta consists of over 500 linear metres of records, dating from the 1830’s to the present. The Archives acquires, preserves and makes available the archival records created, accumulated, and/or maintained by Chinook Winds Region and Northern Spirit Region, its Communities of Faith, and the related church groups, associations, educational institutions, and hospitals operated therein. The Archives also acquires personal papers and manuscripts of individuals (clergy and church workers) associated with the two Regions.

The United Church Archives is situated at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) at 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1 (southeast corner of 51 Avenue and 86 Street)


For information about United Church archives and record-keeping, please contact:

Leanne Templeton, Archivist
c/o The Provincial Archives, 8555 Roper Road NW, Edmonton AB, T6E 5W1
Tel: 780-427-8687
Fax: 780-427-4646


Provincial Archives of Alberta

The processed holdings of the United Church Archives in Alberta are accessible through the Sandra Thomson Reading Room at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. There is no fee to access the holdings of the Conference Archives, however copying and photo reproduction charges apply.

The PAA Reference Staff may assist researchers with United Church reference requests during regular business hours. They will do a preliminary search of relevant material free of charge, but they have set fees for research services for anyone who is unable to come in person to do their own research, or for extensive research beyond the preliminary search.

In keeping with The United Church of Canada Privacy Policy, access to church registers is closed for certain periods of time to respect the privacy of all the people named within. The timing rules are as follows:

  • Baptism records: closed for 100 years
  • Marriage records: closed for 100 years
  • Burial records: closed for 20 years

However, any person named in a United Church baptism, marriage, or burial register is entitled to receive a copy of his or her own record. The copy is provided by verbatim transcript, certified as a true copy of the original entry, and is ordered through the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) Reference Desk and Archives Service Centre. PAA fees may apply. See the full price list.


Reading Room Hours

For the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Statutory Holidays.

Tuesday:             9:00am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday:       9:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday:           9:00am – 4:30pm
Friday:                 9:00am – 4:30pm

• There is no retrieval of archival material from 11:30am – 1pm and from 3:30pm onwards.

• Visitors will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the facility.