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Research Guides

Japanese Canadian Archival Collections

This guide provides background information on Japanese Canadian archival collections held at the University of Toronto Libraries

How to access the collections

Japanese Canadian archival collections are housed in three different libraries. You will find textual records, photographs, correspondence at both the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library and Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Audiovisual materials are primarily housed at the Media Commons Archives. Please see below the contact information for staff members in each department and additional information on how to access the archival materials.


Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

Contact: Fabiano Rocha, Japan Studies Librarian

Opening times

By appointment only. Closed on statutory and University holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Please email or phone to schedule an appointment. Material must be requested in advance. Researchers will be required to complete a Researcher Registration form.


Media Commmons Archives

Contacts: Rachel Beattie, Assistant Media Archivist or Christina Stewart, Assistant Media Archivist

By appointment -


Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Contact: Natalya Rattan, Fisher Library Archivist

Opening times

Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Thursdays during the academic year: 9:00AM-8:00PM

Closed on statutory and University holidays.

The Reading Room closes 15 minutes before the building closes.

Access conditions and requirements

The resources of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library may be used by all scholars and researchers, whether or not they are members of the University of Toronto community. A University of Toronto Library card is not necessary to access the collections, but onsite registration is required. A Fisher reader's card must be completed and identification with name and current address (e.g. driver's license, photo health card, etc.) will be requested.

Researchers wishing to consult manuscript material must complete a Manuscript Use Form for each manuscript collection or individual manuscript they wish to consult, briefly outlining the purpose of their research or reason for their request. Please note that some collections have access restrictions in accordance with the wishes of donors or creators.

Readers may submit retrieval requests in person at the Library, or in advance by using our online Stack Retrieval Request Form: