Girl Guides of Canada National Archives


Archives / Library

Holds textual records, publications, program materials, and photographs from 1912 to present day.


Artifacts in the collection include uniforms and insignia related to Girl Guides in Canada.


On-site exhibits and tours.

Virtual Museum of Canada


Online Exhibitions

Virtual exhibits and interactive learning resources on numerous subjects, created by Canadian museums and galleries. Local history exhibits that capture Canadian community memories, drawn from the collections of small museums and local memories and treasures are also available.  Organized by museum, name or subject, the themes of Aboriginal Art, Culture and Tradition, Arts in Canada, Canada at War, Canadian Musical Traditions, Canadian Women, Science and Medicine and Vancouver 2010 make up the bulk of the collection.

Image Gallery

Showcases thousands of artefacts, photos, paintings and objects from Canadian museums. Amongst others, it contains the works of the Group of Seven, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Emily Carr, and many other artists. 

Hospital for Sick Children Archives



  • Records include hospital publications, minutes of committees, photographs, films, equipment and artefacts, and personal records of some former staff.
  • The Hospital Library subscribes to 300 print titles, 12 subject databases, 1500 e-books and over 1200 e-journals. Paediatrics is the primary focus of the collection.

Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library

Conservation / Preservation:

Archives / Library

    • Archival library book collections such as the Osborne Collection of Books published to the end of 1910
    • The Lillian H. Smith Collection of modern notable titles
    • The Canadiana Collection of materials written, published, or substantially related to Canada.
    • Book collections, book-related art, literary archives, games and ephemera.
    • Most materials are English-language, with a few exceptions of classics of children’s literature published in original languages, and some modern notable French-language materials.
    • The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books spans literary classics to popular culture, including such novelties as movables and miniatures.
    • The oldest artifacts in the Collection are cuneiform tablets dating from 2,000 B.C.E.
    • Modern children’s books: a fourteenth-century manuscript of Aesop’s fables; fifteenth-century traditional tales, sixteenth-century school texts, and courtesy books.
    • Godly Puritan works
    • Eighteenth-century chapbooks, moral tales and rational recreations
    • Victorian classics of fantasy adventure and school stories up to 1910.
    • Florence Nightingale’s childhood library
    •  Queen Mary’s children’s books
    • Materials pertaining to members of theTaylor family of Ongar
    • The Pettingell Collection of periodicals and penny dreadfuls
    • Extensive holdings of the works of G.A. Henty
    • The John Sullivan Hayes Collection: Predominantly nineteenth and twentieth-century English Children’s books and considerable Canadiana

Public Programming:


Teachers and instructors are welcome to contact the Osborne Collection to  arrange group visits, subject to space and scheduling.

Educational programming

Classes starting at Grade 4 may enjoy exhibits and talks, while high school, college, and university-level students may be given subject presentations  on Osborne material

Online Exhibitions   

Online exhibits highlighting items from the Osborne Collection: Worlds Away: Wild Inventions at OsborneWhen Cinderella Went to the Ball: Five Hundred Years of Fairy Tales, Picture Perfect! – An Exhibit of Canadian Picture Book Art, This Magical Book: Movable Books for Children, 1771-2001