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May 20, 2003
Archives leading the way in preserving the past
This Saturday, May 24, the City of Toronto Archives and the Toronto Area
Archivists Group will host "Step Into Your Archives" as part of Doors Open
Toronto. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Archives at 255 Spadina Rd. (north of
Dupont Street) will offer tours and special displays not usually seen by the

The Toronto Area Archivists Group, founded in 1973, is the oldest and largest
chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario, and represents over 260
institutions and 233 individual members.

Highlights include exhibits by various archives in Ontario showcasing their
holdings, tours of the conservation lab and screenings of rarely seen archival
footage about Toronto's cultural heritage. Conservators will give free advice
on the preservation of old family letters, photographs and movies. (Monetary
appraisals will not be given.)

A very special addition to this year's event will be readings by Toronto's Poet
Laureate, Dennis Lee. Mr. Lee will read from a selection of his books written
for children. (Note: seating is limited.) Other children's activities are also
offered, including puzzles, concentration games and colouring (suitable for
children ages 3 to 12).

"Step Into Your Archives" and learn about Toronto's heritage and the importance
of archives. Find out about the services available at many local archives, such
as the Archives of Ontario, the Women's College Hospital Archives, the Archives
of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto and the Toronto Dominion Bank
Archives, to mention only a few.

In addition to the displays of numerous Toronto archives, "Step Into Your
Archives" will present digitized photographs from the photographic holdings of
the City of Toronto Archives. 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 Archive's modern building at 255 Spadina Rd. features
state-of-the-art climate controls, a research hall and a centralized records
storage centre.

Discover more about the Archives on its Web site at

Media Contact
Karen Teeple
Manager, City of Toronto Archives

Michele Dale
Toronto Area Archivists Group



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