University Of Alberta Library And Museums "Alberta History" Mural Project

In recent decades, conversation and discussion around the mural titled Alberta History (1951) by Henry G. Glyde, which resides in the Rutherford South Reading Room, has increased. Many University of Alberta community members have reflected and responded to how the work of art portrays Indigenous Peoples and settlers in Alberta; and many people have had strong emotional responses to this work of art.

The events of the past year including the discovery of unmarked graves near Residential School sites in Canada and the desire for decolonization on campus have informed our efforts to work towards a resolution of this complex issue in the coming academic year.  

Working with our community on campus and off, we aim to be transparent and share updates publicly with each milestone on this web page. 


Project Updates

Updates will be added to this section when changes are made on the website, updates occur in the project, and other important information for the community. 

September 13, 2021

Launch of project web page. Information and updates will be added here as they become available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this project starting now?

The events of the past year including the discovery of unmarked graves near Residential School sites in Canada and the desire for decolonization on campus have informed our efforts to work towards a resolution of this complex issue.

Additionally, following a recent conservation assessment of the mural's condition, it was confirmed that the mural is actively deteriorating.

Is the mural going to be taken down?
A final decision has not yet been made but we are committed to working towards a resolution in the coming academic year. Feel free to use the feedback form if you have questions or comments about the mural.
What is going to happen to "Sky Talk" - the Alex Janvier work of art in the Rutherford South Reading Room?
There are no plans to move this work of art. Due to the size of this painting, the location of this painting is permanent. Note that this work of art was not painted or installed as a response to Alberta History.

Feedback & Contact Us

For questions, comments, and feedback please use the feedback form. If you require a response, the Working Group will follow up within five (5) business days.

Feedback Form


The Library and Museums Working Group for this project includes:

Dale Askey - Vice Provost (Library and Museums) & Chief Librarian

Frannie Blondheim - Associate / Interim Director (University of Alberta Museums)

Jennifer Bowser - Moveable Cultural Property Advisor (University of Alberta Museums)

Anne Carr-Wiggin - Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator & Indigenous Initiatives Team Co-Chair (University of Alberta Library)

Debbie Feisst - Head, Faculty Engagement (Sciences, Engineering and Business) & Indigenous Initiatives Team Co-Chair (University of Alberta Library)

Jill Horbay - Communications and Marketing Manager (University of Alberta Museums)

Tom Hunter - Collections Assistant (University of Alberta Museums Art Collection)

Nadia Kurd - Curator (University of Alberta Museums Art Collection)