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OISE's Ontario Historical Education Collections (OHEC)

Normal Schools and Teachers Colleges in Ontario



The Ontario Historical Education Collection also includes material pertaining to the training of teachers and the administration of teachers colleges and normal schools in Ontario. "Normal school" is an early name for teaching training institutes. The Ontario Normal School System was developed between 1846 and 1853, under the guidance of Egerton Ryerson and the 1843 Common School Act. The collection can be accessed by searching the library catalogue.

Included in the collection are:

  • Calendars: for teachers colleges, summer schools for teachers and model schools from early 1900s to 1979
  • Regulations, Courses of Study, and Examinations (1887 - 1947) of the Normal Schools of Ontario, from the Ontario Department of Education
  • Ontario normal school and teacher college yearbooks (1909 to 1970) - includes yearbooks from schools in Hamilton, London, North Bay, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catherines, Stratford, Sudbury, Toronto, and Windsor.
  • Ontario teacher manuals: used in normal schools and teachers colleges from 1910s to 1930s
  • Schools and teachers in the Province of Ontario: also known as the "Blue Books," these volumes documented the names, school, and salaries, among other information, about school teachers in Ontario from 1922 - 1966. Similar reports are available from 1911-1922 under the title Public and separate schools and teachers in the Province of Ontario. This information was also available for Art, Technical, Normal school and various other school teachers. Many of the catalogue records for these books contain links to digital versions as well as the print copy.