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Victoria University Archives
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.
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.
Information and links to all our finding aids, databases, and guides can be found on our website: http://library.vicu.utoronto.ca/archives/our_holdings.html
Direct links to popular resources are below:
Ephemera Collection: http://library.vicu.utoronto.ca/archives/ephemera
Photograph Database: https://library.vicu.utoronto.ca/archives/photodb_guide
Digital Collections: https://digitalcollections.vicu.utoronto.ca
Subject Files: https://library.vicu.utoronto.ca/archives/our_holdings/subject_files
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).
Minimum two business days advance notice is required. To book your appointment, please email, phone, or complete an appointment request form (https://library.vicu.utoronto.ca/archives/request_to_view_items).
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.
Contact the Archivist for any digitization or photocopy requests.
Updated by JT: July 28 2020; Aug 19 2020
Updated by JT: Sept 7 2022
Updated by JT: Oct 12 2023; Nov 17 2023