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May 23, 2001
Archives leading the way in preserving the past
The City of Toronto Archives and the Toronto Area Archivists Group will jointly
host "Step Into Your Archives" on Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road, as part of "Doors Open Toronto".

Members of the public are invited to learn more about the preservation of
Toronto's history and the services available through more than 150 archives in
Ontario, including the Archives of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Presbyterian Church
Archives, the Lithuanian Museum and Archives, and numerous other archives.

Highlights include urban-related exhibits, tours of the conservation lab, and
the showing of rarely seen historical film footage of Toronto, including
classics from the Archives of Ontario and films from the Canadian National
Exhibition Archives capturing the CNE. Conservators will also provide free
advice on the preservation of old family letters, photographs and movies.
(Monetary appraisals will not be given.) Special children's activities are

Special to the event is the display of digitized photographs from the William
James Collection. These images provide a wide-ranging pictorial record of life
in Toronto from 1906 until well into the 1940s.

The City of Toronto Archives is the central repository of Toronto's documentary
heritage. Its archival holdings date back to 1792 and include over one million
photographs, municipal government records, maps, plans and non-government
records. The building at 255 Spadina Road features state-of-the-art climate
controls, a newly expanded Research Hall and a centralized records storage

The Toronto Area Archivists Group, founded in 1973, is the oldest and largest
chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario, which represents over 150
institutional and 500 individual members.

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