Victoria University Archives

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Victoria University Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

  • Victoria University Library - Archives

Other form(s) of name


  • University

Contact area


Jessica Todd Primary contact



Street address

71 Queen's Park Crescent East





Country name


Postal code

M5S 1K7







Description area


The history of the Victoria University Archives is intertwined with that of the United Church as it was initially a repository primarily concerned with records created by the Church.

In 1953 the Archives was given a space in the Wymilwood Building and led by an Archivist-Historian who was jointly appointed by the Church and the University. In 1961, the holdings were moved to the newly opened E.J. Pratt Library and then in 1972, a new agreement was reached and the Archives was set up in the Birge-Carnegie building where it would operate as the United Church of Canada/Victoria University Archives.

In 2008 the decision was made to separate the United Church Archives and the Victoria University Archives. Church records were moved to the new United Church Archives at Church House in Etobicoke, Ontario. The University records remained with Victoria University and the Victoria University Archives functions as part of the Victoria University Library.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

The Victoria University Archives is the repository for the acquisition, preservation and use of University records of permanent value. The Archives Program is described in the Victoria University Records and Archives Policy which can be accessed on our website.

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies



Finding aids, guides and publications

Information and links to all our finding aids, databases, and guides can be found on our website:

Direct links to popular resources are below:
Ephemera Collection:
Photograph Database:
Digital Collections:
Subject Files:

Access area

Opening times

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Victoria University Archives is closing on December 20 2023 until the summer (the exact date of reopening is not yet available). We are moving our collections into temporary storage to accommodate numerous construction projects on campus.

Until December 20, 2023:
By appointment only. With an appointment, records can be consulted in the Emmanuel College Library, from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm (hours are reduced in July and August).

Access conditions and requirements

Minimum two business days advance notice is required. To book your appointment, please email, phone, or complete an appointment request form (


Emmanuel College Library is not fully accessible (stairs are required to access the upper floor, the main floor is accessible). Alternative locations for consultation can be arranged if requested.

Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Contact the Archivist for any digitization or photocopy requests.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier


Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Updated by JT: July 28 2020; Aug 19 2020
Updated by JT: Sept 7 2022
Updated by JT: Oct 12 2023; Nov 17 2023




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

71 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario
CA M5S 1K7