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Effective March 17th, the Ryerson Archives and Special Collections will be closed until further notice. See our update for more information.

Collection Highlights

Ryerson Archives & Special Collections hold a wide range of archival materials, cultural artifacts and rare book collections. 

The Ryerson Archives houses the records of the University as well as its Faculty and Alumni. It also houses some records related to antecedent institutions. Some of the collections include The Jack Layton fonds, The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association fonds, The Toronto Normal School fonds, and a large collection of early University promotional photographs.

Special Collections allows researchers to gain access to unique publications and material. Our holdings include the Peter Di Gangi Papers on indigenous governance in Canada, the Ryerson Press book collection, photographic archives from Kodak Canada and Canadian Architect Magazine, in addition to historical artifacts, such as our Lanterns Slide Collection.


We’ve outlined parts of our holdings by subject or collection, which correspond to Ryerson University’s key research themes:

Urban Innovation

RG 320.1.19 – Ryersonia 1968 Yearbook

Justice, Equity & Society

Culture & Creativity

Work, Skills, Industry

Health & Well-Being

Technology & Intelligent Systems