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Views of 20th-Century Canada: The Canadian Architectural Photography Digital Image Portal

May 15, 2007
by Canadian Architect

An initiative of the Canadian Architectural Archives (CAA), which was established in 1974 as a joint venture between the University of Calgary Library and the Faculty of Environmental Design, this online digital image repository at includes a fully searchable collection of over 10,000 images representing the birth of the modern Canadian city and the critical role that the built environment has played in the history and heritage of the country.

The CAAs mission is to collect, preserve, and ensure access to the records of 20th-century Canadian architects and architectural firms with regional, national and international significance.

Its vision is to make a comprehensive range of primary 20th-century Canadian architectural documentary evidence of lasting historical importance available to the University of Calgary, as well as a regional, national and international research community.

The mandate of the CAA is to support learning, teaching and research and to create working partnerships to promote and support the development of the Canadian Architectural Archives and its unique collections through instruction, reference, exhibitions, publications and special events.

The digital image portal includes the following:

Panda Associates
An impressive collection of Canadian architectural photography capturing 50 years of Canadian social and cultural growth through architecture

Calgary Modern
A collection of 800 images capturing modern architecture across the city of Calgary

Williams Church Slides
A selection of 500 images captures places of worship across all denominations and regions of Canada

500 selected images depicting the architectural practice of Ron Thom

Thomas H. Mawson
The Vienna on the Bow plan created by Mawson for turn-of-the-century Calgary.

This project was made possible through the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives.

For more information, please visit

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