The City of Toronto Archives collects non-government records that are complementary to our government records, and which help provide a more complete understanding of Toronto’s history. Our collection covers a wide variety of topics that reflect the diversity of our donors.

Here are some highlights:

  • A 1792 plan of Toronto Harbour by Joseph Bouchette, showing the site of Toronto immediately before Lieutenant-Governor John Grave Simcoe arrived in 1793
  • Photographs by Ivaan Kotulsky, who focussed on the street people of Queen Street West in the 1980s and 1990s
  • The files of prominent Toronto Star journalist and social justice advocate, Michele Landsberg
  • Records relating to major cultural institutions such as Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Files, photographs and plans created and used by the John Inglis Co., a Toronto manufacturer of munitions, industrial equipment, and household appliances