An engaging program introducing students to the Toronto Archives and the world of primary sources. Learn how the Archives collect, preserve and make available the city’s archival records. Explore key documents from Toronto’s collections and learn useful research techniques. The Archives can customize this program to fit your group’s needs. Topics to explore can include:

  • Life 100 years ago in Toronto’s Ward neighbourhood
  • Archival letters and documents
  • The history of Toronto’s Public Health Department
  • Geography using historic maps
  • Discover your own neighborhood or community through photographs and maps
  • Customized requests

Booking Information

  • Program is free and lasts 60-75 minutes.
  • Book on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. – noon or 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Program is offered in-person at the City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd., or virtually on the WebEx platform.
  • For in-person programs the minimum group size is 10 participants and maximum group size is 30 participants.
  • Ontario Curriculum Connections: Canadian History, Social Studies, Literature, Communications, Geography.
  • Contact for more information and to find out how to customize this program for your class.


Black and white photograph of a young girl standing outside a one storey building with Toronto's old City Hall in the background.
Rear of 21 Elizabeth Street, the Ward neighbourhood, May 15, 1913
City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 32, Item 187
Colour photograph of a large exterior sign spelling the word Toronto with a medicine wheel and Toronto's old City Hall in the background.
The Toronto Sign, Nathan Phillips Square, 2021 © City of Toronto