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May 19, 2000
Archives Lead 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 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. at the City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road as part of "Doors Open

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. These include the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the
Presbyterian Church Archives and the Oakville Historical Society. They are also
invited to learn about the care, handling, and storage of personal and family
documentary treasures.

Highlights of the day include archival-based films and presentations in the
Archives' theatre. Christopher Hume, architecture-art critic for the Toronto
Star, will discuss and present photos from the William James Collection. There
will be a theatrical presentation based on the visit of Oscar Wilde to Toronto,
as well as children's games and storytelling. Displays in the conservation lab
will illustrate storage problems and solutions for your old documents.

The public will also have the opportunity to get a free, professional
consultation on any family letters, photographs, movies or maps. Experts will
provide advice on their identification and preservation. (Monetary appraisals
will not be given.)

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, as well as maps, development plans
and special collections. The building at 255 Spadina Road features
state-of-the-art climate controls, the newly expanded Research Hall and a
centralized records storage centre.

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

Media Contact
Angela Iozzo
Exhibit and Outreach Technician,
City of Toronto Archives



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