Ryerson University Archives

Type: Archives

This archives preserves the records of Ryerson University, formerly Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.



Archives / Library

The Ryerson University Archives Collection dates from 1783 to the present, with the majority of records relating to Ryerson University and dating from 1948 to the present. Collections include,

  • Correspondence and files of senior-level, administrative and academic departments.
  • Reports, minutes, and agendas of committees, including the Board of Governors and Academic Council.
  • Financial records, including statements and budget and audit records.
  • Human resources records.
  • Records of student, faculty, staff, and alumni organizations.
  • Annual reports, contracts, agreements, and other legal documents.
  • Policy and procedure manuals.
  • Publications such as student, staff, and faculty newspapers and newsletters, manuals, handbooks, course calendars, and yearbooks.
  • Photographs, including prints, negatives, transparencies, and digital images.
  • Motion picture films and video tapes, sound recordings, oral interview tapes, and transcripts.
  • Cartographic and architectural records.
  • Paintings, drawings and prints.
  • Electronic records, speeches, and addresses.
  • Subject files, including, primarily, secondary source material on Ryerson-related topics, private papers and manuscripts, published books and articles by members of the Ryerson community (The Ryerson Authors Collection).
  • Selection of images representing people, places, events, and activities from Ryerson’s history.
  • Special Collections has acquired and preserved photography, film, and cultural history objects. These holdings comprise archival materials, cultural artefacts, and rare book collections, including,
    • approximately 4,000 books on photography.
    • 1,000 original audiovisual recordings documenting shipwrecks in Canadian waters such as the Titanic, Edmund Fitzgerald and H.M.S. Breadalbane.
    • extensive photographic archives from Kodak Canada Inc. and Canadian Architect magazine.
  • Collections of cultural artefacts also form part of the archives and include,
    • historical photographic materials, Inuit sculpture, and a significant collection of objects depicting former Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
    • Photographic technology collections include antique cameras and darkroom equipment.
  • The archives maintains a comprehensive collection of files that complement its main holdings, and contains clippings and other documentation of a secondary source nature, on people, departments, buildings and general topics related to Ryerson University and its history and operation.

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This archives has digitized photographs, posters, drawings, artefacts, and other items from its archival collections or advertisements put on display as exhibitions and events in the Library.

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Address & Contact Information:

Archives: Room LIB 387
Ryerson Library, 3rd floor
350 Victoria St
Toronto M5B 2 K3

Special Collections: Room LIB 492
Ryerson Library, 4th floor
350 Victoria St
Toronto M5B 2 K3

Phone: 416-979-5000 ext 7027
Email: eknazook@ryerson.ca
Website: http://www.ryerson.ca/archives/

Hours of Operation:

Archives: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Special Collections: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm

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