News and Events at the Provincial Archives

Natural History: Art at the Provincial Archives

Government House, 4607 Dewdney Avenue
April 4 through June 25, 2017

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan has a rich collection of artwork that is scattered throughout its holdings.  In celebration of the natural beauty of this province that awakens in spring and continues to flourish through the summer, we have reproduced for exhibition selected works highlighting Saskatchewan’s flora and fauna, which were created by artists whose records are now part of the Archives’ Permanent Collection.

The artists featured are Dick Bird, William Argan, Axel C. Petersen, and Robert David Symons, whose “American Wood Warbler” published in Hours and the Birds (1967) appears below. 

2012-112 Combe   

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Robert Grierson Combe Exhibit at the Archives

The Archives is pleased to present its exhibit on Lieutenant Robert Grierson Combe, V.C. (1880-1917) in the reading room of its Regina office, 3303 Hillsdale Street until Friday, May 12th. The exhibit includes information on Combe’s life in Saskatchewan, his service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, a replica of the Victoria Cross awarded to Combe and his military service medals.

Robert Grierson Combe came to Canada c. 1906 as a trained pharmacist.  Working first in Moosomin, SK., he later established a pharmacy in Melville, SK.  Combe enlisted in 1915 and was posted with the 53rd Battalion in Prince Albert.  While overseas he served first with the 28th (Northwest) Battalion and later with the 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion.  He led several successful bombing missions against enemy lines near Acheville, France until he was killed by a German sniper while leading his men to capture Company objectives. His name is engraved on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, near Pas-de-Calais, France.

The centenary of Combe’s act of bravery in the First World War that lead to the awarding of his Victoria Cross, occurs on May 3, 2017.

In his hometown of Aberdeen, Scotland there will be a dedication ceremony where a commemorative paving stone will be unveiled as part of the United Kingdom’s five year campaign to honour Victoria Cross recipients of the First World War.

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the publication of the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of its magazine, Saskatchewan HistoryThis beautiful full-colour issue is filled with incredible photographs and compelling tales about the Saskatchewan experience.

Articles in this issue explore:

  • Production of “Our Gang” films using local children in Saskatoon and Regina;
  • Letters of a World War Two pilot officer serving in the RAF 242 (Canadian) Squadron;
  • Early settlement in the Theodore area as influenced by investor Richard Seeman;
  • Student perspectives at the University of Saskatchewan about the Great War.

To acquire copies of this issue call 306-933-5832, or enquire at one of the Archives’ offices in Saskatoon or Regina.

A Four-Piece Set of Posters Promoting the Archives and its Resources

With financial assistance from the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists (SCAA), the Provincial Archives, in partnership with the Saskatoon Friends group, has recently produced four posters featuring original archival documents. These posters celebrate the Archives as a repository for the heritage of the people of Saskatchewan.



Now Showing

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan is proud to present:

From the Prairies to the Trenches, Part III
Women’s Suffrage to the Somme
December 1915 to December 1916

This video, the third in a five-part series on the First World War, recalls the events of 1916, as seen by those Saskatchewanians serving in war-torn Europe and those remaining on the homefront.  The video features a rich selection of documentary material held by the Provincial Archives and its partners relating to Saskatchewan’s involvement in the First World War.

The video is on display at the Legislative Building and Government House in Regina, or can be viewed online at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan’s YouTube channel

Please click here for the list of archival sources used for the development of this video.


New guided learning packages related to Saskatchewan and the Great War, 
including the enfranchisement of the women of Saskatchewan in 1916:

“Why Were Prairie Women Leaders In The Canadian Women’s Suffrage Movement?”



“The 46th Battalion ‘Suicide Battalion’ And Canada’s Role In World War One”



Students, teachers and history buffs alike are encouraged

to delve into these fascinating topics

from a historical thinking perspective.