Representing Canada’s Oil Industry Heritage on the World Wide Web
Adriana A. Davies, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Heritage Community Foundation
#54, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton, AB T5K 1C5
URLs: www.albertasource.ca – the Alberta Online Encyclopedia www.heritagecommunityfdn.org
E-learners are using the ‘Web’ for research purposes and the demand for authoritative resources is growing daily. The Heritage Community Foundation has pioneered in the creation of digital heritage content that showcases all aspects of the historical, natural, cultural, scientific and technological heritage of Alberta.. For Alberta’s100th anniversary, the Foundation designed and created the Alberta Online Encyclopedia – www.albertasource.ca - a multimedia learning resource that brings Alberta to every user of the Web.
It is a truism that there is general ignorance among Canadians about industrial history as well as the evolution of science and technology in our country. To help address this content gap, the Heritage Community Foundation, with funding support from the Imperial Oil Foundation, in 2003 began to create Canada’s Petroleum Heritage. The result is an online resource that through text, images, audio and video provides a rich historical perspective on the oil industry to the 1950s with a particular focus on Alberta within the Canadian context.
Audio and video elements include material from the following:
- Roughnecks, Wildcats and Doodlebugs: A Popular History of the Oil Patch and the Petroleum Industry in Alberta,CKUA Radio Network’s 16 part documentary series featuring interviews with industry pioneers and builders
- The Petroleum Oral History Project Collection - located at Glenbow Museum and Archives. the collection consists of several hundred recorded conversations and 200 photographs
- Aubrey Kerr’s various publications on Alberta’s Oil patch— Mr. Kerr has given the Heritage Community Foundation copies of all his publications and is delighted to make these materials accessible to educational and other users.
- Earle Gray, Canada’s senior oil industry historian,— Mr. Gray contributed 10 historical essays dealing with different aspects of the industry