Gifts of Private Records (Gifts-In-Kind)

How to make a donation

The University Archives welcomes inquiries from members of the University community and general public wishing to donate private papers (gifts-in-kind) or make a cash donation in support of various Archives’ initiatives. Prospective donors are also invited to tour the University Archives by appointment.

Gifts of private records (Gifts-in-kind)

Private records of archival value are acquired as donations of gifts-in-kind from individuals and organizations.  Private individuals include:

Those wishing to make a gift-in-kind donation to the University Archives should consult with the University Archivist before submitting any material. In general the Archives accepts original, unpublished documents in all formats including paper, photographs, works of art, architectural drawings, sound and moving images . All donors of gifts-in-kind will be required to sign a Deed of Gift to confirm the donation. Upon acceptance, and if requested to do so, the University Archives will have the gift evaluated by an independent appraiser and will arrange to have receipts issued for income tax purposes.

For additional general information on Gift-in-kind donations please consult the University of Toronto Gift Planning website.

For information on Private records currently held by the University Archives, search the Accessions Database.

Deadline for donation of private records (gifts-in-kind): September 1st.

Monetary Gifts

Gifts of cash in support of University Archives’ activities and programmes are welcomed and are eligible for an income tax receipt from the University of Toronto. To enquire about monetary donations or other types of bequests please get in touch with the Associate Director, University of Toronto Library Advancement at 978-7655 or by email