Welcome to the Archives

The Banff Centre

The Banff Centre established an archives in 1990. The Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives is the central repository for the inactive records of The Banff Centre.

Located in the Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation, the role of the Archives is to identify, select, and preserve Centre records of permanent administrative, legal, and historical value, and to make them accessible to Centre staff and the public. The Archives has also acquired records of private organizations and individuals and artefacts that reflect the life of the Centre.

The Archives currently holds over 200 metres of textual records, 180,000 photographs, 3,000 technical drawings, 2,400 audio recordings, 1,400 film and video recordings and 100 objects documenting every aspect of The Banff Centre’s activities and life. Most of the Banff Centre records created prior to 1970 were donated to the University of Alberta Archives in 1978.

Archives Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed weekends and statutory holidays

Access and Use

The Archives is open for public use. Records of the Banff Centre are available in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of Alberta. This means that the public has the right of access to records except for those that contain personal or confidential information, as defined by the Act. Access to records containing such sensitive information may require a formal FOI request. If access restrictions have been applied by the donor of non-Banff Centre records, these are noted in the descriptions. Documents that are fragile or otherwise sensitive to handling cannot be made available to researchers in their original form. In such cases the Archives will endeavor to provide a copy, which may be in another format such as microfilm or digital file.

The provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act apply to all material within the Archives, and may restrict copying or publication of documents. Additional restrictions on use may be placed by the department or individual that created the records, particularly in the case of artistic representations. Copying of archival materials must be done by the Archives staff and copying fees may be charged.