Research the Collections

About the Collections

The Okotoks Museum & Archives' archival collection contains over 5,000 items, including historical photographs, newspapers, municipal records, maps, and more.

The artifact collection contains approximately 2,000 objects, including items as diverse as metal washtubs, delicate medical instruments, wedding dresses, and farming implements. 

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 Inquiry

‘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.

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.

Please note: our online archive search is currently not available. Please contact the Museum if you require assistance. 

‘Artifacts’ can be defined as objects of historical significance. It is the mandate of the Okotoks Museum and Archives to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts that have historical significance to Okotoks and district.

The Okotoks Museum and Archives’ artifact collection consists of approximately 2,000 unique objects. The collection ranges from the delicate medical instruments used by Dr. A.E. Ardiel during his 40-year service to the community, to the large, labour-intensive washtub used by the James and Lillie Hogge family. The museum uses many of these objects in its exhibits to illustrate the fascinating stories of the people and events that shaped Okotoks’ past.

The artifact collection is not currently available online. 

Last Updated: February 3, 2022