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About the Archives

Established in 1990, the Paul D. Fleck Archives serve as the institutional memory of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, housing records dating back to the Centre's inception in 1933. With a mandate to identify, preserve, and provide access to the Centre’s rich historical legacy, the Archives hold administrative, legal, and historical materials, along with selected personal records of artists and individuals associated with Banff Centre.

First Conceptual Sketch of Banff Centre by John Rule, 1946.

The first conceptual sketch for the permanent Banff School by John Rule, 1946.

Searching the Archives

There are 2 ways to search the Archives online: Explore the Archives and Alberta on Record.

Explore the Archives

Investigate Banff Centre's archival collections through our intuitive and interactive public search interface.  Enjoy browsing Featured Collections or use the advanced search functions to delve deeper into our history.

Alberta on Record

Search our holdings on Alberta on Record, published by the Archives Society of Alberta (ASA).  The ASA site also lists automatically generated finding aids to assist research.  Holdings include:

  • Archival photographs, 1933-2010
  • Descriptions of photographs not yet digitized
  • Historical files from key Banff Centre program areas and departments including, but not limited to:
    • Concert recordings and talks
    • Newsletter articles
    • Publications, press releases, and posters
    • Course calendars and program descriptions
    • Blueprints and site plans

Donating to the Archives 

The Archives welcome donations of materials from individuals and organizations associated with the Banff Centre (alumni, faculty, etc.), as well as records that evidence Canadian arts and culture (music, performing arts, visual arts, mountain culture, etc.) that directly relate to Banff Centre learning and programming.

The Archives accept donations in multiple formats, including paper, audio-visual, and born digital.

Donors are invited to contact the Archives to discuss the suitability of materials for donation. Please contact the Archivist at or by phone at 403-762-6440.

The Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives is located in the Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation (KCCI), 2nd floor

Archives Hours - By Appointment

Archives visits and research assistance are available to Banff Centre Participants, Artists, Faculty and Staff by appointment.

Regrettably, the Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives remain temporarily closed to the general public until further notice.

For more information:

Contact Us
Tel: 403-762-6440
Fax: 403-762-6266
Tel: 403.762.6265
Fax: 403.762.6266

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020, Stn. 43
Banff, Alberta
T1L 1H5 Canada

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