Field Book Scanning Project

Field books containing historical survey data related to Alberta’s township system were sent to the Alberta government from Ottawa circa 1930. Microfilms of the original field books were then created and sent to Alberta's Provincial Archives, where they now reside. The microfilms were used to distribute paper copies of the field books to clients.

Spatial Information System (SPIN)

In the summer of 2000, the Director of Surveys office scanned all of the microfilm rolls and entered into an agreement with Alberta Government Services to provide the resulting 220,000 scanned images on the Spatial Information System (SPIN) web application.

SPIN allows province-wide graphic or text-based search for specific types of Government of Alberta land-related information. The product became available through SPIN on April 18, 2005. For more information on SPIN, see:

Field Book Distribution

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Updated: Feb 22, 2018