University of Toronto Archives Image Bank

The University of Toronto Archives Image Bank contains an extensive and diverse selection of images of the University of Toronto through its history. Discover images of past faculty, staff, students, traditions, and ceremonies that have helped to shape what this University is today. See campus growth as it is represented in architectural drawings, building construction and demolition images, and general campus views. Browse specific themes such as Student drama and music to find everything from an early 1882 production of Antigone to a 1956 Hart House Theatre production of Hamlet. The Image Bank contains only a portion of the Archives’ total collection of over 350,000 images. We encourage researchers to visit the Archives’ Reading Room to discover more of our photographic holdings.

Campus Photographers Collection

In the late 1940s, the University of Toronto began hiring private photographers to photograph people, buildings, and events for university publications and marketing. The University of Toronto Archives has acquired the University-related photographic negatives from a number of these photographers including Herb Nott, Eric Trussler, Jack Marshall, Robert Lansdale and Rob Allen. Presently, the Campus Photographers Collection contains a selection of scanned negatives from Robert Lansdale which document campus events mainly from 1968 to 1975. Through on-going digitization initiatives more scanned negatives from Lansdale and other photographers will become available in this collection.

Oral History Collections

Oral history is a method of inquiry that documents memories, reflections, and personal experiences of past events through captured dialogue. UTARMS holds a number of oral history collections that enrich our understanding of the University of Toronto and its history. Some of these interviews are available online, including digitized recordings that are part of the University of Toronto Library Oral History Programme, an initiative that ran from 1976 to 1992, and our newest oral history project, UTARMS’ Oral History Collection on Student Activism.