The records in the Ryerson University Archives collection date from 1783, with the majority of records dating from 1948 to the present. As a reflection of the Archives mandate and collecting policy, the primary documentary focus of the records in the collection is on the University and its predecessor institutions. The archives’ holdings include:


A small selection of the types of materials collected by the Archives

  • Records of senior-level, administrative and academic departments
  • Minutes and agenda of various university committees, including the Board of Governors and Academic Council
  • Financial records, including statements and budget and audit records
  • Human resources records
  • Records of student, faculty, staff and alumni organizations
  • Annual reports
  • Contracts, agreements and other legal documents
  • Policy and procedure manuals
  • Publications
  • Student, staff and faculty newspapers and newsletters
  • Manuals and handbooks
  • Course calendars
  • Yearbooks
  • Photographs, including prints, negatives, transparencies and digital images
  • Motion picture films and video tapes
  • Sound recordings
  • Cartographic and architectural records
  • Paintings, drawings and prints
  • Artifacts
  • Electronic records
  • Speeches and addresses
  • Subject files, including primarily secondary source material on Ryerson-related topics
  • Private papers and manuscripts
  • Published books and articles by members of the Ryerson community (The Ryerson Authors Collection)

Collection Highlights

See below for a small sampling of some of the many images, artifacts and other records found in the Ryerson Archives, representing people, places, events and activities from our school’s history.

Please note that unauthorized reproduction of images contained on the Ryerson University Archives Web site, without express written consent (, is strictly prohibited. If permission is granted, credit shall be given to the Ryerson University Archives in any case where material is reproduced.