• Okotoks Street Scene, 1910 ca., Museum and Archives

Archives Collection

About the Archives Collection

‘Archives’ can be defined as documentary records of long-term value to an organization, family or a community. The Okotoks Museum and Archives’ archival collection includes over 5,000 historical photographs, municipal records, illustrations, diaries, newspapers, sound recordings and maps. These records are a vital part of the community’s collective memory and documenting the people, landscape and development of Okotoks and district from the 1870s to today. Proper care and handling procedures are followed in order to preserve these records for current and future generations to study, learn from and enjoy.

Some of the oldest records in the archive’s collection date back to the 1890s including Thomas Macmillan’s exhibit cards from the 1895 and 1898 Sheep Creek Agricultural Society Fair.

Visitors and researchers can view parts of the collection electronically on the in-house database, or through the online archives.

Search Online

Over 1,000 of our archival images are available to researchers online through our online Archives Catalogue:

Search the Archives Online

Original documents can be retrieved for further study, upon request. The archives also has over 80 years of Okotoks newspapers that have been transferred onto microfilm. A public research room, featuring a microfilm reader and resource library, is available for researchers. Museum staff and volunteers are also available for research or historical inquiries.

Banner Image: Okotoks Street Scene, 1910 ca., Museum and Archives

Sidebar Image: 1898 Sheep River Agricultural Society Fair First Prize card | Okotoks Museum and Archives

Research Inquiries

For all research inquiries, please contact staff at the Okotoks Museum and Archives by email or phone.


Fees for reproduction of archival materials may apply. Please contact the Museum for details. 


The Okotoks Museum and Archives welcomes donations of records relating to Okotoks and district.

Learn more

Ordering photographs

You may purchase the images from the Archives Catalogue in high-resolution digital format (tiff or jpeg).

  1. Contact us by email or by phone 403-938-8963

To inquire or order images not found in the Archives Catalogue, or for more information about usage fees, please contact the Museum staff.

Archive Online Search Tips
  • You may enter a keyword or a phrase.

  • When using phrases, add “quote marks” around phrase.

  • To do a wildcard search use the asterisk symbol * at the end of a string of letters. Example: ranch* will find ranches, rancher, ranching, etc.

  • To narrow a search (Boolean "and") use the word ‘and’ between the search terms. Example: cowboy and horse will find records in which both words occur.

  • To broaden a search (Boolean "or") use the word ‘or’ between the search terms. Example: cowboy or horse will find records in which at least one of these terms occurs.

  • To search on a date range use a colon symbol : between the search terms. Example: "1950 : 1960" will find records with date information between and including the two years. 

Okotoks Museum & Archives
Sun: Closed
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Summer hours in effect until September long weekend.