Books

Did you know that the Archives Store sells an assortment of local history books? Many of the authors are from Alberta and have done a lot of the heavy lifting for you on a variety of research topics - often right here at the PAA!

 

Check out our collection of books covering topics with wide ranging interests: Francophone history - counterfeit currency schemes - escapes from Germany - oh my!

OPPONENTS AND NEIGHBOURS

Fort George and Buckingham House and the early fur trade on the North Saskatchewan River, 1792 to 1800.

Through meticulous research and careful historiographical analysis, historians Douglas Babcock and Michael Payne paint a vivid portrait of a foundational period of social and economic interaction in Alberta s early fur trade history. While the British Crown claimed ownership and control through a charter granted to the Hudson s Bay Company over a vast territory known as Rupert s Land, in reality it was the Indigenous nations of the continent who held uncontested sovereign dominion over their ancestral lands. It wasn t until 1869 that these territories were absorbed into Canada after which treaties were fashioned, and western provinces established.

 

PROMPTLY JOURNAL - AUTOBIOGRAPHY

These journals have made it easy to record your life story, so you can get back to living it. Whether you're writing for yourself or for a loved one, the prompts inside will help you record the story you don't want to forget. The journal is divided into sections to highlight the different stages of your life: Birth, Childhood Years, Teenage Years, Young Adult Years, Adult Years, and Golden Years.

The perfect present for a loved one to record their oral history, or a means of working through a person's life using genealogical research.

This journal comes in two colours - Cashew or Powdered Lilac.

PROMPTLY JOURNAL - CHILDHOOD

This journal helps a parent easily document a complete childhood history for their child. It covers from when the mother is pregnant, until the child is 18 years old. Each phase and year of the child's life has custom tailored prompts to ensure quick but meaningful recordings for the parent. A beautiful keepsake for your child's future and a step-by-step means of memory keeping.

This journal comes in two colours - Grey or Navy.

PROTEST AND PROGRESS

Rice Sheppard, Harry Ainlay, Margaret Crang... three Edmontonians who stood up and fought for the working people of their city through the dark days of the World Wars, the fragile prosperity of the 1920s, the grinding poverty of the Dirty Thirties and Cold War repression.

 

Rice Sheppard, Harry Ainlay and Margaret Crang did not win all their battles but they made a difference in the history of the city, the province and the country.

WHEN CANADA HAD "EFFECTIVE VOTING"

Drawing on historic newspaper accounts, books and PR organization newsletters, and on recent secondary references, historian Tom Monto has pulled together an overview of the use of proportional representation in Canada.

This chronological history describes the drive for PR starting in the 1880s and its eventual success when by 1923, Single Transferable Voting had been adopted by 19 cities and two provincial governments.

This book presents an overview of STV's use in 17 provincial elections and 150 city elections in Canada. And how despite its effectiveness, it was successively discontinued, with the last Canadian STV government election happening in Calgary in 1971.

With increasing sentiment in favour of electoral reform, this affordable book is bound to provide speaking points and inspiration for today's debates on the subject.

Self-published by Tom Monto, of Edmonton. Monto, a published author, is creator of the electoral reform blogsite Montopedia (wix.site).

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