Archives of Ontario

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The Archives of Ontario (Archives publiques de l'Ontario in French) is the provincial archives for the province of Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1903, the archives is located in Toronto.

The Bureau of Archives, as it was originally known, was first located at the Ontario Legislature. The Archives moved to the Canadiana Building (14 Queen's Park Crescent West) on the University of Toronto campus in 1951, at which time it was known as the Department of Archives. Relocated to 77 Grenville Street in 1972 its name was also changed to the Archives of Ontario. The reading room at the Grenville building closed on March 26, 2009.

York University's Research Tower and Archives of Ontario building.

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Archives of Ontario building on the York University grounds, which also houses the York University Research Tower, was on April 30, 2007. The groundbreaking was attended by former Minister of Government Services Gerry Phillips and former York University President and Vice-Chancellor Lorna Marsden.[1] The building was opened to the public on April 2, 2009 and is expected to be the site of the Archives for at least the next thirty-five years.

In addition to the records of the Ontario government, the Archives also acquires records of private individuals and organizations that reflect Ontario's history. Notable private records include Eaton's fonds, Conn Smythe fonds and Moriyama and Teshima Architects fonds.

Archivist of Ontario[edit]

The head of the Archives has been known as the Archivist of Ontario since 1923. Eleven people have held this position.

  • 1903-1935: Alexander Fraser (Provincial Archivist, title changed to Archivist of Ontario in 1923)
  • 1935-1939: James J. Talman (Acting Archivist of Ontario, also Acting Legislative Librarian)
  • 1939-1944: Helen A. McClung (Acting Archivist of Ontario)
  • 1944: John H. Bennett (Archivist of Ontario; appointed by Order in Council dated May 11, 1944; became military archivist by Order in Council dated June 8, 1944)
  • 1944-1950: Helen A. McClung
  • 1950-1963: George W. Spragge
  • 1963-1978: Donald F. McOuat
  • 1978-1986: William G. Ormsby
  • 1986-1999: Ian E. Wilson
  • 1999-2010: Miriam McTiernan
  • 2010(Aug): David Nicholl
  • 2010-2013: Angela Forest
  • 2013-2015: James Hamilton
  • 2015-  : John Roberts


  1. ^ "Construction begins on new home for the Archives of Ontario", Ministry of Government Services, Government of Ontario April 30, 2007. Accessed on 2008-06-23

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