About Heritage U of T

The Heritage U of T site is a digital collection of archival records, photographs, books, maps, drawings, and sound and moving image files chronicling the University of Toronto’s rich history from its founding, through both world wars, to the present. This site is a tri-campus initiative by the University of Toronto Libraries’ Information Technology Services, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services, U of T Mississauga Library, and U of T Scarborough Library. We look forward to building this online historical collection through further contributions from units and people throughout the university community.

Among the materials on the site are film footage of the 1939 Royal visit to Hart House, the building of Robarts Library in the late 1960s, and a 1958 promotional film for the University featuring a football game and a Hart House debate addressed by Lester Pearson. There are also historic photos of university buildings and of prominent University figures including Marshal McLuhan and Margaret Atwood. Also included are curated exhibits such as a chronology of the University of Toronto, thematic snapshots of its history, and the remarkable story of the discovery of insulin.

The Heritage U of T digital collection is just a sampling of the millions of stories that our University historic records tell. Original materials on the Heritage U of T site can be found at the University Archives and Records Management Services, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, U of T Mississauga Library and U of T Scarborough Library. The University Archives alone has over 200,000 historic photographs. Whether you are conducting research or just curious – look at the Heritage U of T site and then visit these repositories in person to discover even more.