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For Researchers

The WDM has library and archival resources for researchers interested in Saskatchewan History and Western Canadian History.

George Shepherd Library

The Library provides research services to the WDM’s network in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Yorkton. It also answers inquiries from the public. It is located in Saskatoon, SK at the WDM Corporate Office. Please note that research inquiries may take 2 – 4 weeks to complete.

The George Shepherd Library is currently closed to in-person visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital images may be provided if available.

Learn more about the Library’s namesake, George Shepherd.

Information for Researchers

WDM Photo Reproduction Fee Schedule

The Library is pleased to offer digital image reproduction.

Please email to confirm we have the material you require. Our online catalogue contains approximately 9,000 cataloged items that can be retrieved and viewed. Uncatalogued material is not available for public consultation. The Library has the right to restrict material in its collection to ensure its preservation as mandated by the Western Development Museum Act and related policies.

Digital Image Reproduction

Phone: 1-306-934-1400

Research Inquiries

Phone: 1-306-934-1400


Saskatchewan Patent Index

Throughout our province’s history, Saskatchewan people have created an amazing variety of devices – everything from kitchen gadgets and personal gear to agricultural and industrial equipment.  The WDM is proud to have a collection rich in Saskatchewan innovations of all shapes, sizes, and types, from oil cans to calculators to the ‘cobalt bomb.’

Also, check out our Made in Saskatchewan Patent Index. Search through a PDF file of all patents filed by Saskatchewan inventors from 1905-1976.

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