As the University of Toronto navigates and responds to the current ‘unprecedented’ moment of the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition looks to the University’s past responses to calls to change and crises for any lessons we may be able to carry forward or resonate with today. The featured stories each emerge from our archival collections, tracing examples of the University’s responses to medical, environmental, pedagogical and social justice calls to change over time. The exhibition also aims to amplify lesser known histories and stories on campus and shift our attention from the institution to the individual community members who push the University forward. Designed using ArcGIS StoryMap software, this exhibition uses interactive geographic storytelling to step beyond the walls of the Archives and imagine the archival records in the context of their original locations across campus.
In February 1890 a great fire devastated the University of Toronto and its library. From the ashes of this tragic event a new library was built and a new collection of books assembled from donations spanning all corners of the globe. Today, the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL)—one of the largest academic library systems in North America—has an international reputation for excellence in collections, services, scholarship, professional and academic expertise, and digital leadership. This exhibition explores its history from 1892 to the present day.
In recognition of Canada 150, campus archives and special collections come together to showcase their unique, diverse holdings within the context of 150 years of Canada’s historical narrative.
This exhibition, “The University of Toronto: Snapshots of its history”, was mounted in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in 2002 as a part of the University’s 175th anniversary celebrations. It complemented the launch in March, 2002, of Martin Friedland’s The University of Toronto: a history, the first such history to appear in seventy-five years. The exhibition provided a look at certain broad themes at the University over the course of its history, especially some involving students that were not discussed by Professor Friedland.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of Robarts Library in the fall of 2013, an online exhibit was created to showcase the history of the building.