Public Archives Resources for Teachers and Students

The Public Archives has plenty of material that can be used in school projects and classroom teaching. Some of these resources are highlighted below.

Online exhibits

The online exhibits provide a great introduction to a variety of topics in Island history such as immigration, lighthouses, the railway, and fox farming. 

Family history

Family history or genealogy research can be a meaningful way to get students engaged in historic research. The guides below can help you get started. 

Search the collection

The online holdings, while not complete, are a great starting point for your research. 

  • PARO Collections Database - an item-level database you can use to search for vital statistics information and select census records, as well as the Archives' large collection of photographs, maps, architectural plans, court cases, and more.
  • MemoryPEI - explore many of the Archives' finding aids through this database.
  • ArchivesPEI - search finding aids from other PEI institutions with archival holdings.

Heritage Fair guides

Heritage Fairs are intended to develop and increase awareness and interest in Canadian history. The guides below can help identify sources for your project. 

Note to teachers

The Public Archives has a wealth of primary source material that can support or supplement your classroom teaching. Photographs, diaries, correspondence, court case records, and newspapers are just some of the many resources available to you. Contact us by email or by phone at (902) 368-4290 to learn more or to arrange a class visit.

Published date: 
September 28, 2015
Education and Lifelong Learning

General Inquiries

Public Archives and Records Office
4th Floor, Hon. George Coles Building
175 Richmond Street
PO Box 1000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7M4

Phone: 902-368-4290
Fax: 902-368-6327

June to September:
Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm

October to May:
Monday, Closed
Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 5pm
Thursday evenings, 6:30pm - 9pm

Closed weekends and holidays.

All visitors to the Coles Building are required to sign in at the Security Desk on the main level.

Wheelchair access is available through the ramp on the Church Street side of the building.