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University of Toronto Mississauga Library, Archives & Special Collections
We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
The story of Erindale College began when the University of Toronto purchased 150 acres of land along the winding Credit River in the early 1960s.
The area was typical for southern Ontario, with farmland and an elegant 1885 stone house, Lislehurst, in a village called Springfield-on-the-Credit. An excellent early example of Tudor Revival architecture, Lislehurst is the residence of UTM principals and their families. It was named a heritage property by the City of Mississauga in 1985.
The 1960s were an exciting time for the new campus, which opened the doors of Erindale College’s single academic building to 155 students in September 1967. In 1968, J. Tuzo Wilson, the college’s principal, invited a group of local residents to provide a link between the campus and the newly created Town of Mississauga. Originally the Associates of Erindale College, they were later known as the Associates of U of T Mississauga. Crowds thronged the campus in 1969, when the college mounted the first Canadian exhibition of lunar samples, freshly collected by Apollo 11 astronauts.
The next decade began with the graduation of the first Erindale class of 90 students in 1970. The campus entered a period of steady growth, with the South Building, designed by Raymond Moriyama, opening in 1973. The first new academic building, the Kaneff Centre for Management and Social Sciences, opened in 1992.
The 1990s also saw Erindale travel to the stars when alumna Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman to fly in space, brought an Erindale crest aboard the Discovery shuttle. Back on Earth, Erindale College became known as the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) in 1998.
The dual demands of the double cohort and UTM’s commitment to sustainability resulted in the construction of innovatively designed and award-winning buildings in the 2000s, such as the state-of-the-art Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre (RAWC). The Communication, Culture and Technology Building (CCT), won a Governor General's Medal in Architecture in 2008.
In 2006, UTM became the first Canadian university to install solid oxide fuel cells to heat and power student residences. The next year, it opened the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, the first LEED-certified building at University of Toronto.
Over the years, UTM has always maintained a close relationship with the community. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie is a welcome visitor to UTM events, and UTM is involved in many civic initiatives, including the Healthy City Stewardship Centre and the City of Mississauga Economic Development Advisory Council.
This close relationship extends to UTM’s academic programs. The Master of Biotechnology Program includes an industry co-op placement, while the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, located in the newly opened Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex, will partner with hospitals affiliated with the Mississauga community.
In fifty years, U of T Mississauga has transformed from a constituent of the Faculty of Arts and Science to become the second-largest division of the University of Toronto with 980 faculty and staff, 145 programs, nearly 14,000 students and more than 54,000 alumni around the world.
The University of Toronto Mississauga Library, Archives & Special Collections’ mandate is to acquire, preserve, arrange, describe and provide access to rare and unique materials that support curricula and research at the University of Toronto Mississauga, materials documenting the history of the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, and material documenting the Mississauga’s communities.
The University of Toronto Mississauga Library, Archives & Special Collections’ mandate is to acquire, preserve, arrange, describe and provide access to rare and unique materials that support curricula and research at the University of Toronto Mississauga, materials documenting the history of the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, and material documenting Mississauga’s communities.
To support the Archives & Special Collections’ mandate, the unit acquires: University related records, including faculty, community, and official records; and private records, pertaining to individuals, families, and organizations in areas that support curricula and research at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Personal and professional records created, received, used, and maintained by faculty associated with the University of Toronto Mississauga. This can include, but is not limited to, records relating to teaching and research, and galley proofs from publications.
Personal and professional records created, received, used, and maintained by communities, groups, and peoples associated with the University of Toronto Mississauga. This can include but is not limited to records relating to the history of the University of Toronto Mississauga and material documenting Mississauga communities.
Official University Records are acquired, preserved and made accessible by the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services. Visit the Records Management section of their website for more information.
Private donations from individuals, families, and organizations are collected in the following areas:
Donations in other areas will be collected as they relate to the research and curricula of the campus. Contact the Coordinator for more information.
Personal records, faculty records and the records of campus organizations will be accepted in accordance with the terms negotiated with the Coordinator and documented in a donor agreement. Materials donated to UTM Library, Archives & Special Collection become the property of the Library.
Donations will be considered for inclusion based on the following factors:
De-accession is the removal of records from UTM Library, Archives & Special Collections. All de-accessions are recommended by the Coordinator and approved by the Chief Librarian, UTM Library. Information about de-accessioned material will be kept by Archives & Special Collections. All reasonable attempts to contact the original donor will be made. Alternatively, another institution may be contacted to house the material. Records will be securely destroyed if neither of the above two methods are successful. De-accessioning of material may be conducted for the following reasons:
The UTM Library's Archives and Special Collections holds primarily personal records and collections.
9:00 a.m. - 4.45 p.m. By appointment only: please set up an appointment through our online form on the UTM Archives site.
Researchers are asked to fill in a registration form and abide by our Handling Guidelines. The Archives & Special Collections are open to the public.
Librarians or staff from the Collections and Digital Scholarship Unit are always available to discuss your research and help you locate and make suggestions on sources. It is good to know as much about your topic from secondary sources before coming to the Archives & Special Collections. If you have references such as footnoted sources, be sure to bring them along to help in your search.
If you cannot visit us in person, we are happy to assist you with your inquiry by whatever means you prefer to contact us. While we can undertake limited research for specific information, we encourage you to plan a visit if your inquiry requires lengthy research. There are no fees for the research we do on your behalf.