Welcome to the City of Toronto Archives
The Toronto Archives is the municipal archives for the city. We hold records created by the City of Toronto government and its predecessor municipalities,as well as non-government records created by private groups and individuals. There are over one million photographs of Toronto in our collection, as well as tens of thousands of maps, plans and architectural drawings.
Coming Soon! … A new classroom/meeting room for the Archives
Please pardon our appearance, we are undertaking major renovations at the Archives to upgrade our facilities.
A new first floor classroom/meeting space is under construction, featuring state-of-the-art AV and presentation systems, with capacity for 60 people.
Work will continue until early 2017. Visitors to the Archives may experience minor disruption.
More information, and the designs, are available here.
February is Black History month. Toronto has had a black population from its earliest days as a settlement. Find out what resources the Archives has to learn more.
Due to our renovations, this exhibit has been temporarily removed. It is scheduled to re-open in March 2017.
The Archives is open on Saturdays from October 12 until April 29. Box requests cannot be processed on Saturdays, so order any boxes that you will need no later than noon on Friday.
The Archives can provide print-quality reproductions of photographs and other archival materials, for a fee.
See the most recently scanned material that's available to view online.
There are now 103,833 scanned images linked to descriptions in our online catalogue.
Fire insurance plans provide detailed information about buildings and neighbourhoods.
Our online collection is now fully available to MAC users. We have also added enhanced scans, and a street index with each year.