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May 23, 2002
Archives leading the way in preserving the past
This Saturday, 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)
offers tours and special displays not usually seen by the public.

Highlights include urban-related exhibits, tours of the conservation lab and
the showing of rarely seen historical film footage about Toronto's cultural
heritage specially selected from The Film Reference Library of the Toronto
International Film Festival Group and other collections. Conservators will give
free advice on the preservation of old family letters, photographs and movies.
(Monetary appraisals will not be given.)

Special to the event is the display of digitized photographs from the Archives'
holdings. These images provide a wide-ranging pictorial record of life in
Toronto from 1906 until well into the 1940s. Special children's activities are
planned. A contest will give visitors a chance to win two reproductions of
historic photographs from the Archives.

"Step Into Your Archives" and learn about Toronto's heritage and the importance
of archives. Find out about the services available through more than 150
archives in Ontario such as The Film Reference Library of the Toronto
International Film Festival Group, Girl Guides of Canada, York University
Archives & Special Collections, Canadian Golf Museum & Archives, the Archives
of Ontario, Lithuanian Museum & Archives, the College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Ontario, TD Financial Group and many others.

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 modern building at 255 Spadina Rd. features state-of-the-art
climate controls, a research hall and a centralized records storage centre.

The Toronto Area Archivists Group, founded in 1973, is the oldest and largest
chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario, and represents over 100
institutions and 140 individual members.

Media Contact
Media contacts:
Karen Teeple, Manager, City of Toronto Archives
Margaret Blenkhorn, Toronto Area Archivists Group



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