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!


"Old Strathcona: Edmonton's Southside Roots" by Monto is an extensively researched chronological history of southside Edmonton, once the separate city of Strathcona, from its start as a scattering of Metis/Indian pioneer cabins in the 1870s to a bustling commercial/industrial/residential section of the City of Edmonton prior to the downturn of the 1930s. Bound together with "Metis Strathcona" by Lawrence, a ground-breaking essay on the roots of Strathcona, which delineates the Metis identity of many of its earliest pioneers and the Metis pioneers' connection with the area's Papaschase Indian band, which was subsequently thoroughly dispossessed.



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.



After the terrible poison gas attack in the Ypres Salient in April 1915, Canadian medical officer John McCrae made a plea to his nation in his poem, "In Flanders Fields", to hold the torch from fallen hands and take up Our Quarrel with the Foe.

Inspired by McCrae's words, author Ian Edwards, a historian with The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum, dives into the early story of the Edmonton area Canadian Militia and its preparation to stop the aggression of the Central Powers of Europe. He follows the new Edmonton units, cavalry and infantry, as they came together as comrades within their own unique battalions or regiments of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Edwards reveals their difficulties and successes with recruiting volunteers, mastering command and control, and adapting to new tactical skills, weapons, uniforms, and equipment. Most Edmonton region units were only to be broken up in England, parcelled out as replacements for the fallen Albertans. While other units supplied timber or laid rail lines to permit Allied Powers advances, medics from Edmonton collected and dressed the wounded soldiers of the infantry at the front line.

The Canadian Corps suffered atrocious losses at Ypres, the Somme, Vimy, Passchendaele, and the highly successful but costly Final 100 Days Offensive in 1918. Units, with high proportions of Northern and Central Albertans, had triumphs and failures. The gallantry of individual soldiers and unit battle honours paints the picture of their heroism while taking up the quarrel in the First World War....


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 - Blue or Grey.


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.


This prompted marriage journal helps couples easily document all the details of their relationship and how they fell in love. It covers from the first time the couple met until their 70th wedding anniversary. Each phase of your relationship has custom tailored prompts to help you capture how you fell in love.

Sections covered and included in the journal are: How We Met, Dating, Proposal, Engagement, Wedding, Wedding Guest Book, Honeymoon, and then the 1st anniversary through the 70th.

That perfect wedding present or wedding anniversary gift.

This journal comes in one colour - Sand.


These journals have made it easy to record your life story, so you can get back to living it. Each travel journal covers one unforgettable trip! The prompts will help you record the most important details, memories, and feelings from your adventure. The journal features sections including: a brief itinerary covering up to a 31 day vacation, memorable moments, highlights, transportation, accommodations, food, mishaps, travel companions, and place to paste mementos and photos.

This journal comes in two colours - Blue or Grey.


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.


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 (

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