Local History

Second floor of Frances Morrison Central Library

The name says it all: Local History is a space dedicated to prairie history with an emphasis on Saskatoon.

We function as a combination library, archives, gallery and museum, so you'll find a wealth of information about Saskatoon people, places and events, in photographs, pamphlets, maps, documents, books, scrapbooks, periodicals, newspaper clippings,  microfilm and museum artefacts.

How to use this Location

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Just ask. We’re friendly and knowledgeable and have experience with all kinds of research questions from all walks of life, from all ages, and from all around the globe. Visit Local History in person or start your research at home with the online resources and guides found on this page. Near or far, if there’s a connection to Saskatoon you’re looking for, we may have it and we’d love to help

Many of our materials are rare, unique and fragile. Therefore, Local History materials are reference only and cannot be borrowed.

Services

Photographs

Our tens of thousands of historic photographs contain a wealth of information about Saskatoon, people and places. Many of our photographs have been scanned and can be viewed online.

Obituary Requests

Obituaries contain important details for family history researchers. The Saskatoon Obituary Index can help.

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Newspapers

Newspapers have valuable historic information and are sometimes the only record of activities, events and lives of the past. Local History has a vast collection of newspaper clippings, microfilm and historic newspapers.

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Online Resources

Many of Local History’s collections are available online in databases and digital photo galleries. Search from home for treasures in the past.

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Henderson City Directories

An excellent resource to discover who once lived at your address or an ancestor who might have lived in Saskatoon.   

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