Authorized form of name
Parallel form(s) of name
- Ryerson Archives
Other form(s) of name
Geographical and cultural context
Mandates/Sources of authority
The Ryerson Archives mandate is to acquire, preserve and make available through a comprehensive archival collection, records essential to the understanding of the University’s purposes and operation or having other historical or archival value. Within its mandate, the Ryerson Archives acts as a resource facility which documents the history of Ryerson University (1948 to the present) and its antecedent institutions at St. James Square - The Toronto Normal School, RCAF Initial Training Centre #6, and the Training and Re-establishment Institute.
These institutions include primarily the Toronto Normal School (1852-1941), the R.C.A.F. No. 6 Initial Training Centre and Dominion-Provincial War Emergency Training Program (1941-1945) and the Toronto Training and Re-establishment Institute (1945-1948).
The Archives also maintains a collection of records and information on Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882), the University’s namesake and founder of Ontario’s educational system, at St. James Square.
Records management and collecting policies
Records of senior-level, administrative and academic departments
Minutes and agenda of various university committees, including the Board of Governors and Academic Council
Financial records, including statements and budget and audit records
Human resources records
Records of student, faculty, staff and alumni organizations
Contracts, agreements and other legal documents
Policy and procedure manuals
Student, staff and faculty newspapers and newsletters
Manuals and handbooks
Photographs, including prints, negatives, transparencies and digital images
Motion picture films and video tapes
Cartographic and architectural records
Paintings, drawings and prints
Speeches and addresses
Subject files, including primarily secondary source material on Ryerson-related topics
Private papers and manuscripts
Published books and articles by members of the Ryerson community (The Ryerson Authors Collection)
Finding aids, guides and publications
Access conditions and requirements
The Ryerson University Archives collection is open to all of Ryerson’s constituents including students, staff, faculty and alumni. It is also available to external researchers and scholars as well as to members of the general public. Students may consult the collection for course-related projects, assignments and papers and the collection is also also extensively used by Ryerson staff, faculty and administrators in the course of carrying out the University’s academic and administrative business. As an educational resource, the Archives offers considerable opportunities for more advanced scholarly research. Many individuals have studied the significant educational and cultural developments of Ryerson’s historic past at St. James Square while others have examined more contemporary aspects of Ryerson’s unique academic and physical evolution from an institute of technology to a university.
Please note that unauthorized reproduction of images contained on the Ryerson University Archives Web site, is prohibited. If permission is granted (please email the Archives for more information), credit shall be given to the Ryerson University Archives in any case where material is reproduced.
The Ryerson Archives will not conduct research for patrons. We’re happy to help you locate and access records; navigate our database, catalogue, and paper-based finding aids; digitize material for educational use; access existing digitized material; and refer you to other collections items that are related to your topic. We can’t do things like conduct preliminary searches; research, locate, and digitize the results of subject-based search requests sent in remotely; read through large files in search of items relevant to your research; or clear image reproduction rights with third-party permissions holders.