Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island

The mandate of the Public Archives and Records Office is to acquire, preserve and make available for public research, the government records of PEI and those private sector records of individuals, companies andinstitutions, deemed to be of historical value as they pertain to the history of Prince Edward Island. Along with textual documents such as correspondence files, diaries, journals, and newspapers, the Public Archives also holds materials in other formats including photographs, architectural drawings, maps, microforms, film and sound recordings. The Archives holds a large collection of genealogical resources including indexes to many vital records such as census returns, marriage, baptism and death records, dated largely prior to 1902. The holdings of the PARO include more than 1500 linear metres of government records, 680 metres of private sector records, close to 5000 maps, 1300 architectural plans, 40,000 photographs, and approximately 4700 hours of audio-visual materials.

Identity area

Identifier

PCA

Authorized form of name

Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Public Archives
  • PARO

Type

  • Provincial/state

Contact area

Type

Address

Street address

Hon. George Coles Building, 4th floor
175 Richmond Street
P.O. Box 1000

Locality

Charlottetown

Region

Prince Edward Island

Country name

Canada

Postal code

C1A 7M4

Telephone

902-368-4290

Fax

902-368-6327

Note

Description area

History

Under the Archives and Records Act, the Public Archives and Records Office acquires, preserves, and makes available for public research the records of the Government of Prince Edward Island, as well as private sector records deemed to be of lasting historical value.

The Public Archives Unit carries out archival functions, engages in education and outreach in the community, and provides reference services to government and members of the public wanting access to the archival holdings.

The Recorded Information Management Unit is responsible for delivering a corporate program that provides central recorded information management services and support to all departments, agencies, corporations, and commissions within the Government of Prince Edward Island.

Geographical and cultural context

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island

Mandates/Sources of authority

ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ACT, Cap A-19.1

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

Buildings

Holdings

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

June to September
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

October to May
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Closed weekends and holidays

Access conditions and requirements

Accessibility

Hon. George Coles Building, 4th floor
175 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, PE


  • Wheelchair access is available by ramp from Church Street to the basement level door.
  • Some street parking is available. There are also two parking garages within walking distance.

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Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

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Primary contact

Hon. George Coles Building, 4th floor 175 Richmond Street P.O. Box 1000
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
CA C1A 7M4