The Archives holds a wide variety of government records (Council minutes, departmental files, reports, etc.) as well as non-government records (photographs, letters, architectural plans, and so on) that may help you in your research.
Our descriptive database is a good place to start, or see below for a general overview of our holdings.
City directories give the name and occupation of the "head of the household" at an address in a given year.
Building permits provide information about property owner, building materials, architect, use, and cost of a structure.
The Archives collects documents created by the City of Toronto government and by its predecessor municipalities that existed between 1834 and 1997.
The City of Toronto Archives collects non-government records that complement the government records and help create a more complete view of Toronto's history.