Fonds 008 - David C. Onley fonds

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UTSC 008


David C. Onley fonds


  • 1998, 2006-2014 (Creation)

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7.44 m of textual records
8570 photographs
113 optical disks
189.07 GB of electronic records on 4 USBs
8 convocation hoods and gowns
1 videocassette

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Biographical history

David Charles Onley was born on June 12, 1950 in Midland, Ontario and was raised in Scarborough. He attended the University of Toronto Scarborough where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.

Onley began his career in radio working on a weekly science show for CFRB, a Toronto radio station. He later worked with Citytv as a water specialist. In 1989 he became the first news anchor for Break Television Citytv's morning show. He worked as an education specialist for Citytv and CablePulse 2. In 1999 he become an anchor for CP24 when the station launched and produced and hosted Home Page.

From 2007 to 2014, Onley served as the Lieutenant Governor for the Province of Ontario.

On October 1, 2014, Onley was appointed a senior lecture at the University of Toronto Scarborough in the Department of Political Sciences. He also served as the University's Special Ambassador for the Pan Am and the Parapan American Games in 2015.

He was inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame in 2006. Onley passed away on January 14, 2023.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Material was transferred from David C. Onley to the University of Toronto Scarborough Library in 2014. Archives & Special Collections took over the processing and the care of the material in August 2015.

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Scope and content

The fonds covers the years of 1998, 2006-2014, while predominantly covering the years of 2007-2014. The fonds documents the work and activities of David C. Onley during his tenancy as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from September 5, 2007 to September 23, 2014.

The fonds contains six series:

  1. General files
  2. Articles and clippings
  3. Correspondence
  4. Daily records
  5. Guest books
  6. Awards and regalia

General files are comprised of reference and research files. Articles and clippings contains newspaper articles, publications and interviews that mention David C. Onley, as well as articles of interest collected for him. Correspondence includes outgoing, incoming, and internal office correspondence. Daily records comprise the bulk of the fonds and contain calendars and detailed textual and photographic documentation of Onley’s activities as Lieutenant Governor. The series also contains electronic records which are copies of the textual and photographic material within the daily calendars and daily activities files. Guest books contain bound books with signatures of visitors to the Lieutenant Governor’s events. Awards and regalia contains material and objects bestowed upon David C. Onley such as certificates and university regalia from convocation ceremonies and honorary degrees.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Material was kept in the arrangement structure used by the creator.

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Conditions governing access

Material is open for research. Some files may be restricted due to personal information. Electronic records are currently not available for consultation.

Please contact the archivist for consultation using our request form:

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by the owners. Permissions must be obtained to publish the material. Material can be reproduced for scholarly purposes and private research.

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  • English
  • French

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Citation of the material should include the following elements:

University of Toronto Scarborough Library, Archives & Special Collections, Fonds/Collection title, Series Name - Box # File # - Item # (if applicable).

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Description entered Aug. 2017




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