Archives & Research Library

Preserving Aviation History

The Alberta Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving local aviation history and the artifacts that tell these fascinating stories. Our archival collection contains thousands of documents, photographs and objects relating to Blatchford Field and local aviation history.

Our collection spans the early 1900s up to the present, documenting significant individuals, businesses, aircraft, as well as the broader social and economic history of aviation in Alberta. Our main focus is on artifacts that pertain to the history of Blatchford Field and aviation in Edmonton.

In addition to aircraft, we have an extensive collection of uniforms and insignia. Our digital photograph collection, which consists of over 200,000 images, is currently under development to allow online access for researchers.

For assistance with archival research, contact our Museum Curator. To donate artifacts, please consult our donation guidelines below before sending an email to the curator with a detailed description of the item(s) and images.

Royal Flying Corps-pattern flying jacket artifact
The Archives is organized into the following main collections:
  • Photographs
  • Documents
  • Uniforms
  • Artifacts
  • Blueprints
  • Aviation Art
The Archives includes the following sub-collections:
  • Blatchford Field (up to 1939)
  • Blatchford Field in WWII (1939-1945) including NWSR, BCATP, #2AOS and #16 EFS
  • Industrial Airport/Edmonton Municipal Airport/City Center Airport (1946-2013)
  • PWA (Pacific Western Airlines)
  • UAT (United Air Transport) and YSAT (Yukon Southern Air Transport)
  • NWI (North West Industries and Aircraft Repair)
  • WEE (Winter Experimental Establishment)
  • Northern and Bush Flying (up to 1939)
  • 408 Squadron
  • 418 Squadron

Contact Museum Curator

Rudder bar for Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny"