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Archives and Special Collections

Access during the COVID-19 closure

We are providing limited access to Archives and Special Collections for faculty and graduate students during the COVID-19 shut down. We will be open for appointments up to 3 hours, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-1. Please submit your appointment requests at least 2 days in advance.

To make an appointment to access material in the Ryerson University Archives and Special Collections, please complete and submit the Mediated Collections Access Appointment form, being sure to include the Call Numbers of the books or the Reference Codes of the material you would like to access, you can also include the URL to Library Books or Archives and Special Collections Materials. You will receive an email confirming your appointment and providing access information.

Research appointments are designed to meet the needs of researchers who require access to specific equipment, collections, software or space, and for whom this need cannot be met through online resources and services.

If a request is made, which the Library can meet through virtual services, researchers will be directed appropriately.

Hours & Location

 

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

Search Our Collections:

archives.library.ryerson.ca

For appointments:

asc@ryerson.ca  
 
416-979-5000 ext. 7027  
Researchers are encouraged to phone or email in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.

Staff

Archives

 

 

Curtis Sassur
Archivist
416-979-5000, ext. 6990
csassur@ryerson.ca

Catherine McMaster
Archival Technician
416-979-5000 ext. 4940
catherine.mcmaster@ryerson.ca

Rosalynn MacKenzie
Archival Technician
416-979-5000 ext. 6896
rosalynn.mackenzie@ryerson.ca

 

Special Collections

   

Alison Skyrme
Special Collections Librarian
416-979-5000, ext. 4996
askyrme@ryerson.ca

Olivia Wong
Curatorial Specialist

416-979-5000 x 4946
olivia.wong@ryerson.ca

 

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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 primary source research material 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!

Our subjects of focus include photography and film history, format and technology, Canadian publishing history, theatre studies, architecture in Canada, Soviet propaganda and Canadian television production.

Special Collections has many rare, fragile, and unique books, photographic and audiovisual items, as well as graphic and textual materials that relate to specific research fields. All our books and circulating audiovisual collections are in the library catalogue, indicated as Special Collections items in the Location field. 

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