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Hours & Location


Monday - Friday, 9:00-4:00  
4rd Floor, Library Building  

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For appointments:

416-979-5000 ext. 7027  

Researchers are encouraged to phone or email in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.





Curtis Sassur
416-979-5000, ext. 6990

Catherine McMaster
Archival Technician
416-979-5000 ext. 4940

Rosalynn MacKenzie
Archival Technician
416-979-5000 ext. 6896


Special Collections


Alison Skyrme
Special Collections Librarian
416-979-5000, ext. 4996

Jadwiga Kiebalo
Special Collections Assistant
416-979-5000 ext. 4646


About the Archives

The Ryerson Archives serves as the institutional memory of the Ryerson community. The Archives acquires, preserves, and makes accessible a broad range of primary source materials which provide an administrative, academic, fiscal, legal, social, and cultural record of Ryerson University.

Founded in 1971 on a recommendation by the Smyth Commission on Ryerson Polytechnic University’s governance and organization, the Ryerson Archives mandate is to acquire, preserve and make available through a comprehensive archival collection, records essential to the understanding of the University’s purposes and operation or having other historical or archival value.

Within its mandate, the Ryerson Archives acts as a resource facility which documents the history of Ryerson University (1948 to the present) and its antecedent institutions at St. James Square, known as the cradle of education in the province of Ontario.

These institutions include primarily the Toronto Normal School (1852-1941), the R.C.A.F. No. 6 Initial Training Centre and Dominion-Provincial War Emergency Training Program (1941-1945) and the Toronto Training and Re-establishment Institute (1945-1948).

The Archives also maintains a collection of records and information on Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882), the University’s namesake and founder of Ontario’s educational system, at St. James Square.

About Special Collections

Special Collections was established to help support the learning and teaching needs and facilitate the scholarly, research and creative activities of the Ryerson community by acquiring and preserving photography, film and cultural history objects. We have a particular responsibility to help students and staff gain access to objects in niche subject areas and aid them in the interpretation of those objects. Come in and see what we have to offer!

Special Collections has many rare, fragile, audiovisual and other non-book items, as well as materials that relate to specific research fields. All our books and some of the audiovisual material are in the library catalogue, indicated as Special Collections items in the Location field. 

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