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Welcome to the City of Toronto Archives

Whether you are interested in knowing more about the history of your house, writing a school project or essay, looking for old photographs, preparing a deputation to City Council, or wish to discover more about the Toronto that was...the Archives can help you find what you need!

Search the Archives online catalogue

Using the Archives


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New scans

See the most recently scanned material that's available to view online.

There are now 96,229 scanned images linked to descriptions in our online catalogue.


Archival Exhibit: Life on the Grid

With images ranging from the accidental to the deliberate, this exhibit highlights the wide variety of street photography in the holdings of the City of Toronto Archives.

Continues until August 31 2014

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.


Our favourite photos

Looking for gift ideas? The Archives has available for sale in the Research Hall, a pre-printed selection of some of our favourite photographs.