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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!

Important notice about box retrievals for October 21 - 23

Onsite mechanical upgrades planned for October 21 - 23 will significantly impact the retrieval of boxes for researchers. You are encouraged to order your boxes ahead time if possible.

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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.

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 sells a pre-printed selection of some of our favourite photographs.