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Research Guides

History Research

Comprehensive guide to research resources in History at the University of Toronto, with a particular emphasis on primary sources. For beginning to advanced researchers.


Portraits of Peter and Eliza Jones

Archives and Special Collections at the University of Toronto

Many University of Toronto Libraries have special collections which may include rare books, manuscripts, archival records, prints, drawings, photographs, or audio visual materials. Items from special collections are generally included in the UTL Catalogue. For details see the collection description via the  Directory of Special Collections.

Houses the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections with approximately 500,000 books, manuscripts and other materials.

Holds the official records of the University of Toronto. 

Locating archival collections (including those in U of T Libraries) often requires searching archival databases or visiting the website of the archival repository. Some key databases are listed here.

Indexes to Archival Collections

For detailed information on Archival Research and resource, consult the Archival Research Resources guide.