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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.


To Our Researchers

Ongoing maintenance work is currently taking place on the Archives' roof. We've been informed that this may be somewhat noisy, and we apologize for any disruption this may cause to your visit.

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Using the Archives


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Archival Exhibit: No Little Plans

Our new exhibit looks at a number of municipal housing and transportation projects that were either never realized, or built to a different design.

Continues to August 2016.


Saturdays at the Archives

We are re-opening on Saturdays on October 17. Box requests cannot be processed on Saturdays, so order any boxes that you will need no later than noon on Friday.


Historic Milestone for Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Victoria long held the record of being the longest-reigning monarch in British history. On September 9, 2015 her great-great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, surpassed that record.


New scans

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

There are now 102,526 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.