Conservation at the Archives

The purpose of our conservation activities is to prevent damage from happening to any of our records, and sometimes to repair items that have been torn or water damaged, for example. We try to make sure that the records in our collection will last for a very long time

Conservator Responsibilities

A conservator uses his or her specialized training to apply treatments to damaged items, and to provide advice on how to avoid damage in the future

How the Archives its Collections are safe

The Archives facility has very good environmental controls so that there is always an ideal level of temperature and humidity in our building. We use archival-quality envelopes and boxes, which are often custom-made, and keep our facility very clean

Visitor Guidelines

The best thing you can do is to handle items very carefully when you are looking at them in the Research Hall. Many of our items are fragile and brittle, and can be damaged very easily. Please follow the advice of our staff when it comes to wearing cotton gloves, or using pencils instead of pens, for example

Can an Archives Conservator Provide Treatment for Private Items?

Unfortunately, no. The conservator may be able to provide advice, but cannot provide treatments for anything outside of our collection.

Learn More About Conservation

Information about our conservation activities is often provided when tours and public events, such as Doors Open Toronto, are hosted at the Archives

Conservation Case Studies