The MJPL archives department was formed in the late 1960s with a mandate to collect materials relating to the history and development of the City of Moose Jaw and the surrounding area. The archive is located along the back wall of the adult department beside the biographies. The archive is open by appointment only. Those who wish to use the department may call 692-2787 for an appointment. Appointments will be arranged for a time which is convenient to the user and during which the library has sufficient staffing to provide assistance.
Our holdings (1885-present) include:
- Henderson Directories 1909-2000
- Local newspapers 1885 – present (microfilm)
- Photograph collection – over 6000 photographs, including those of Lewis Rice
- Personal papers of local citizens and records of local organizations, searchable via SAIN
- Clippings about the history of Moose Jaw and surrounding area, organized by subject
- Maps of Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan
- Moose Jaw high school yearbooks
- Periodical collection, including Saskatchewan History, Briarpatch, Blue Jay and many others
- Canadiana book collection, searchable via the library catalogue
Finding aids are the tools that provide access to archival material. Our finding aids are available here:
- To browse the findings aids, see the holdings list on the right side of the page.
- To search MJPLA’s holdings only, enter your search terms in the box under the blue ‘Holdings’ heading on the right hand side of the page.
- To search all Saskatchewan institutions, use the search box at the top of the page.
Please note that although we are constantly updating the database, not all of our finding aids are available online yet. All of our findings aids are available in the archive. Please contact the reference department for assistance.
Some of our photograph collection has been digitized. It can be found here:
- To browse the collection, see the photograph list on the right side of the page.
- To search the collection, enter your search terms in the box under the blue ‘Holdings’ heading on the right hand side of the page.
- To search all Saskatchewan institutions, enter your search terms in the box at the top of the page.
Our Lewis Rice Photograph Collection can be found at Saskatchewan History Online under Moose Jaw Public Library.