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Toronto Film Society Collection
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- Textual record
- Graphic material
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- Attributions and conjectures: Supplied by cataloguer.
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- Toronto Film Society
Physical description area
ca. 90 boxes of books. - 17 boxes of photographs and promotional material. - 44 cm of periodicals.
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The Toronto Film Society was founded as "the Toronto Film Study Group" in 1948 by Dorothy and Oscar Burrit, and is one of Canada's oldest film appreciation societies. The "Summer Series" of film screenings the association presented began in a converted coachouse at 321 Church Street (the then home of photo agency Panda photography). The gorup was officially renamed the Toronto Film Society in 1950, and designated as a not for profit organization for the "study and apprecaition of film as an art". The original focus of the society was the screening of lesser known, non-commercial, independant, banned, or foreign films and eventually grew to include their preservation and restoration. As of 2013, the society ran serveral film screening series, showing films of all genres, produced from the 1920's to the 1960's, and membership was open to the general public.
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The British Film Institute is a London, England based charity, founded in 1933 and governed by a Royal Charter. The BFI oversees the National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at the BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX theatres.
Scope and content
The collection consists of film related literature, films stills and productions packages collected over the course of the Toronto Film Society's history. The books were dispersed to Special Collections stacks or the Library general collection depending on age and condition. Film stills and packages have been catalogued and added to Special Collections. Several boxes of clipping files were also included in the collection and have been retained in Special Collections. Please consult the Library Catalogue for more information on individual titles.
Immediate source of acquisition
The collection was donated in March 2009 by Shirley Huges, Vice President of the Toronto Film Society.
Books in the collection were catalogued and added to the Ryerson Library book catalogue, avilable in the general stacks. Periodicals, publications, film stills and promotoinal packages were added to the Ryerson Library Special Collection archival database and stored in Special Collections.
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Open. Records are available for consultation without restriction.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Permisson of the copyright holder must be obtained prior to reproduction.
Some periodicals can also be found in the Mira Godard Study Centre Collection.
No further accruals are expected.
All the individual titles in the collection are currently being processed and can be searched through the Library's online catalogue.
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- Toronto Film Society (Subject)