Fonds 0120 - Hart House fonds

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UTA 0120


Hart House fonds


  • 1870s - 2018 (Creation)

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74.92 m of textual and graphic records, architectural drawings, artifacts, moving images, sound recordings, and publications

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Name of creator

(1919 - current)

Administrative history

As an integral part of the University of Toronto’s cultural landscape since 1919, Hart House is a peerless institution in its history of inspiring change, provoking thought and helping to shape artistic, cultural and social tapestry of the university and larger communities.

Hart House was commissioned by the Massey family and gifted to the University of Toronto by the Massey Foundation as a gathering place for students to partake in co-curricular activities. The then 22-year-old Vincent Massey (who would later become Canada’s first native-born Governor General) named the building for his grandfather, Hart, and chose architect Henry Sproatt, one of the last North American masters of the Gothic form, along with engineer Ernest Rolph, to design it. Construction began in 1911, and since its opening on Remembrance Day, 1919, Hart House has remained a crown jewel in the University of Toronto’s architectural, academic and social history. - From

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Scope and content

This fonds contains 73 accessions of records. See accession-level descriptions for more details.

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