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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.

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Using the Archives


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Archival Exhibit: From Streets to Playgrounds

Our new exhibit looks at early 20th century children in impoverished Toronto neighbourhoods, and how social reformers used photography to help move them from the streets into playgrounds. 

This exhibit continues until August 2017. Admission free.


Saturdays at the Archives

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.


New scans

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 available online

Fire insurance plans

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.