Previous Exhibits

In the Archives and Special Collections Display Case

Projecting Magic

October 25, 2017 – December 31, 2017



An exhibit of magic lantern projectors, hand-painted, lithographic and photographic glass slides from the John Tysall Magic Lantern Collection and Lorne Shields Historical Photograph Collection, highlighting the history of early optical projection and pre-cinematic technology. The exhibit is curated by Jocelyn Oprzedek and Olivia Wong and is on display in the hallway exhibit case.






In the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room

The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association collection

May 27, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Nursing uniform and cape, Toronto General Hospital – Wellesley Division 1948-1959



The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association collection of School, Hospital, and Alumnae Association records.









In the Special Collections Display Case : Canada 150: Picturing the Canadian Landscape




An exhibit of photographs, books, and cameras and ephemera from the Lorne Shields Historical Photograph collection, the Heritage Camera collection, and the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection showcasing Canada’s natural landscape and our interactions with it. Exhibit is curated by Image Arts students Bowie Fan, Gabriele Tai, Georgia Love, Justine Marasigan, and Lodoe Laura.





In the Special Collections Display Case : Special Collections 10th anniversary




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.







 In the Special Collections Display Case: First Edition Book Award

Fall 2015

We are thrilled to announce that 2015 marks the first annual awarding of the First Edition Book Awards, sponsored by Ryerson University Library Special Collections. The awardees this year are  Evan Hutchinson, Lodoe Laura, Lucy Lu, Emily Pleasance, Kristina Smith, Imogen Wallis-Mayer, and Rebecca Zynomirski.

Students in the third year of the Photography program at Ryerson conceive of and create their own photobook featuring their original work. The Library will purchase the top five books in the class each year. The books are judged at an exhibition of the books at the end of the semester. For evaluation, particular attention will be paid to design, sequencing, and integration of images and text. The books are catalogued and held in Special Collections. They are available for reference by students and the public for research.




In the Special Collections Display Case: Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing, Allumnae Association, 100th Anniversary

Summer 2015












In the Special Collections Display Case: Kodak in Toronto, 1899-2005: A Century of Traces

Spring 2015

The Home of Kodak in Canada, promotional material, 1942






Over the course of its 106-year presence in Toronto, Kodak affected more than just the history of photography in Canada. In satisfying its need for cutting edge photographic manufacturing facilities, the company contributed several ambitious architectural projects to the cityscape.

Through these contributions, Kodak left an indelible mark upon the city, from it’s turn of the century beginnings on Colborne Street, to the extensive complex in Mount Dennis, the traces of the Canadian branch of Kodak in Toronto are still visible today.

This history was constructed from documents and artefacts contained within the Kodak Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection at Ryerson University (Accession #2005.001).








In the Special Collections Display Case: The Changing Campus – 66 years of building Ryerson

Winter 2015

The Changing Campus



Ryerson’s campus is a work in progress. Since the school’s inception in 1948, it has been slowly increasing its footprint in the downtown core through acquisition, demolition, renovation, and original construction. View photographs, an architectural model, and memorabilia documenting the construction of 6 of the buildings that make up Ryerson University today.





In the Archives: #WIRED: A Digital History of Ryerson University

January – March 2013

Exhibit 007Ryerson University began as a polytechnic institute devoted to the training of students in applied technology. This technical history has informed Ryerson’s identity and culture, playing a significant role in the way the University defines its relationship to the digital age.

Bringing together diverse technological artifacts and historical materials from the Ryerson Archives, #WIRED is an exhibition that highlights pivotal moments in the digital evolution of Ryerson University.