Category Archives: Special Collections

A Window in Time – 1899

What is that date on the window? The Archives and Special Collections (A&SC) windows feature a series of seemingly random numbers worked into the window’s graphic pattern. The numbers are actually dates, chosen by ASC staff, that are significant to … Continue reading

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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS IS ON THE MOVE!

Beginning Monday May 16 Special Collections will be rooming with the Ryerson University Archives while renovations happen on the 4th floor. The Archives is located on the 3rd floor in the Library in room LIB387. The move will take several … Continue reading

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Special Collections: Celebrating 10 Years

2015 marked the 10 year anniversary of Special Collections at the Ryerson University Library and Archives. It seems like a good time time to have a look back at where we came from, and where we are headed. The Special  Collections department … Continue reading

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The Top 8 Odd and Outstanding Artist’s Books in Ryerson’s Special Collections

Ryerson’s Special Collections is filled with all kinds of unique and unusual material. Here is our list of the top 8 odd and outstanding artist’s books you can find in our collection! Scratch by Christian Boltanski This thin artist’s book … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day and Ryerson University

Ryerson University Archives & Special Collections honours Remembrance Day with these few photographic images from our collections. In 1948, three years after the end of World War II, Ryerson was created as the Ryerson Institute of Technology. During this post war … Continue reading

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What is that THING in Special Collections?

If you’re been up to the 4th floor of the library and peered into Special Collections, you may have seen this funny creature sitting in the corner and wondered: “What the heck is that?” Well, that’s Max, a larger version of … Continue reading

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Caring for Your Family Photograph Collection

Over the past twenty years with the transition into a digital world, the way we collect, view and capture photographs has changed. Gone are the days when each of our snapshots took a physical form and held value in the time … Continue reading

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Days Gone By: A Summer Guide to Toronto

With the first day of summer quickly approaching, the people of Toronto are flocking outdoors to enjoy the many events and activities taking place across the city. And although there are endless ways to take advantage of such a lively time of … Continue reading

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The Automobile in Early Twentieth-Century Portraiture

The trend of portraiture rapidly evolved after the birth of the medium of photography. With this new and fascinating technology it became a novelty to have your photograph made and to use it as a symbol of personal identity. Through … Continue reading

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Such Beautiful Shirts: Gatsby-era Fashion at Ryerson A&SC

For those who can’t get enough of Gatsby fashion, RULA Special Collections recently acquired a small donation of 1910s- and 20s-era stylebooks from American clothiers Hart, Schaffner & Marx and The House of Kuppenheimer. The companies date back to the … Continue reading

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