Our Holdings

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The Victoria University Archives is closing on December 20 2023 until the summer (the exact date of reopening is not yet available). We are moving our collections into temporary storage to accommodate numerous construction projects on campus.

We look forward to serving you again in summer 2024!

You may search our holdings online using the following portals:

Finding Aids

See also:
• For assistance, polices, and how to request research appointments see Conducting Research
• Learn how to search the Discover Archives portal on the Getting Started page.

We have online descriptions available for all of our 150+ archival fonds and collections. There are two ways to access our finding aids.

  • Browse and search our finding aids on our website.
  • Browse and search our finding aids via the U of T community's Discover Archives portal. This portal also allows users to search the holdings of eleven U of T archives and special collection repositories.

Additional personal papers are found in the Victoria University Library's Special Collections.


See also:
Permission to Publish and Associated Fees form

Search our Photograph Database for descriptions of our 6,000+ photographs. You can also browse scans of select images on our Digital Collections website. Review our Photograph Database Guide for assistance in conducting basic photograph searches.

Search tip: When searching for individuals it's important to note that not all individuals are identified and so searching by name will not always find you everything you want. Try another search strategy mentioned in the Photograph Database Guide.


Search our Ephemera Finding Aid for descriptions of convocation programs, fundraising brochures, programs from various events and student theatrical productions, and other ephemeral material documenting the history of Victoria University.

Browse scans of select ephemera in Digital Collections and view our Photograph Database Guide for information on requesting scans from Digital Collections.

Digital Collections

Scans of selected Ephemera and Photographs are hosted on our Digital Collections website. This website also includes scanned materials from the Victoria University Library's Special Collections. You can search in the Digital Collections website or use the Ephemera finding aid and Photograph Database - both will include links to any scanned materials. Review our Photograph Database Guide for information on requesting scanned materials from Digital Collections.

Subject Files

See the list of our subject files: collections of resource material (news clippings, articles, etc) collated for research purposes.


Descriptions, and some images, of our Artifacts Collection can be accessed by visiting the finding aid on our website or on the Discover Archives portal.

Published Material

The Archives does not collect published material (books, journals, newspapers, etc). Published materials relating to Victoria University are located in the Victoriana Collection at the E.J. Pratt Library.

Last updated: November 14, 2023