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Archives Department

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The series consists of mostly handwritten intake forms and notes for material donated and collected into the Ryerson Archives.

Archives brochures

This file contains brochures promoting the Archives as well as a brochure for the Jack Layton Collection donated by Olivia Chow.

Archives Department


This file contains loan forms, Inquiry/Research Requests forms, correspondence, and Permission forms between 1978 and 2015.

Departmental Records Inventory

This file contains information regarding Ryerson Records Inventory Project, and template inventory form. It also also includes the completed inventory.

Ryerson Archives letterhead

The file contains samples of two letterhead styles used by the Ryerson Archives. The letterheads have no date of use, but estimates are inferred based on the start date of the Archives (1971) and the university’s name change to Ryerson University (2002).

Archives Department

Photographs of the Ryerson Archives

File contains photographs taken by the Ryerson Media Centre for Library Orientation purposes. In the photographs the Archives is located on the 5th floor of the library. Included are photographs of the collection, the work area, and Archives staff.

Documentation and arrangement - exhibits and displays

File contains:
RG 149.9.1 Library, 1982
RG 149.9.2 Homecoming, 1983
RG 149.9.3 Bicentennial, 1984 - includes model in reading room. The scale model was researched and constructed by Architecture students Robert Smith, Richard Zoltek and Ed Nicoluccci under the supervision of the faculty member, Bob Greenberg. The model was a highlight of the Ryerson Archives’ Ontario Bicentennial display held in the Olive Baker Lounge in October, 1984. From 1980 to 1995, the model was on display in the lobby of the 13th floor in Jorgenson Hall. The model was removed to the Archives in January, 1995, while the display case/unit and the ‘landscaping base’ were sent to the School of Architecture. The latter was transferred to the Archives in March, 1996.
RG 149.9.4 Oakham House, 1984
RG 149.9.5 Eric Palin - CATE opening, 1985
RG 149.9.6 National Universities week, 1985
RG 149.9.7 Normal School, 1986
RG 149.9.8 TAAG, 1986
RG 149.9.9 40th anniversary and homecoming, 1988


This file contains correspondence, work order forms, invoices, petty cash reimbursement forms, project reports, clippings, book order forms, purchase requisition forms.

Archives signs

File contains two formerly used library signs. The first says "Ryerson Polytechnical Institute Archives. The second says "Entrance to Library, Jorgenson Hall, Archives located on 3rd".

Ryerson 50th Anniversary

This is a working file, which was maintained by the Archivist, on the Archives' involvement in Ryerson's 50th Anniversary celebrations and events in 1998. It includes, among other things, information and documentation on the Ryerson History project, the Board of Governors Reception held in the Archives, the Open House/Homecoming Day in October and the "50th Memories" photographic feature which appeared in FORUM.

Archives And The Library Committee

This file contains "Ryerson Library Committee-Terms of Reference", and agenda/ minutes of the Learning Resource Committee meeting, held on Jan.25, 1983. Archivist was appointed a member of Learning Resource Committee at this meeting.

Archives L387 photographs

Photographs were taken of the Archives area before the installation of new carpeting to use as guide for replacing moved or boxed items.

Ryerson Polytechnical Institute Archives stamps

Three stamps used by the Ryerson Archives for documents and when copying photographs and documents for others use.

RG 149.28.01 - Ryerson Polytechnical Institute Archives DO NOT REMOVE
RG 149.28.02 - Ryerson Polytechnical Institute Archives
RG 149.28.03 - Ryerson Polytechnical Institute Archives This copy is made for research purposes only...

Toronto Stamp Limited

Ryerson Archives website

The file consists of correspondence related to the development of the Archives' first website as well as Ryerson history articles and sources for web links to related history websites. A completely new and updated website was developed in 2010 with the first being scrubbed.

The documentation in the file is primarily that of the first website.

Archives Department

Archives and records management policy and procedures

This file consists of files maintained by the Archivist on the establishment and subsequent revisions of the University's Policy-Procedure for Archives and Records Management.
RG 149.34.01 1982-1987
RG 149.34.02 1988-1993
RG 149.34.03 2000-2004

Senior directors presentation - Archives business case

This file consists of two elements. One is a presentation by the University Archivist to a Senior Directors' meeting on the Archives and Records Management Program. The other is a business case prepared by the Archivist on "Additional Staffing Resources", which ensued from the Senior Directors's meeting.

3/4 Inch archival videotape to DVD conversion project documentation

This file consists of textual records including: manuals, and correspondence related to a project to convert the archives' collection of 3/4 inch videotape to dvd using Pinnacle Studio software. The file also contains five CD Roms which contain the Pinnacle Studio software that was used in the project.

Consists of three files:
General documentation
Procedural manauals

Library and Archives fundraising

This file contains correspondence, clippings, Library Council Minutes regarding fundraising campaign for the Library; and Building for Excellence 2000-2004 Goals and Objectives document.

Past Employees

This file contains correspondence, employee resume, job posting, Employee Information Forms, Work-Study Plan Applications, Requisition for Temporary Assistance (Non-Academic) forms, greetings cards, business cards.

Murray Paulin in the Archives

This file contains a photograph of Murray Paulin was a faculty member in the Sociology Department, who visited the Archives on many occasions.

Oral History Program

This file contains correspondence, articles, notes, interviews, as part of the Archive's Oral History Program, Archives and Records management Committee, discussion of Oral History Program.

Objectives And Priorities!

This file contains Library/Archives mission/five year plan, The Ryerson Community Task Force Report and Recommendations, correspondence, Learning Resources Centre Objectives.

Science And Technology Archives

This file contains articles, notices, notes, correspondence, "Scientific Instruments in Canada , An Inventory of Historical Instruments" report and diskette NMST Instrument Survey.


This file contains Archives Activity Reports prepared by Archivist.

Acquisitions Program

This file contains memorandums from Presidents office sent to Ryerson community remainding administrating personnel that all documents, papers and records generated at Ryerson belong to Ryerson, and may not be destroyed by individuals. They should go to the Archives for sorting with a view to retention or disposal.

Archives space planning

This file contains Minutes of the Borrowers Services Meetings, Library Council Meetings, Ryerson Archives space information, memorandums from Claude Doucet regarding Archives Space requirements, newspapers clippings.

Disaster planning

This file contains Disaster planning document, memorandums, clippings/articles regarding disaster planning and recovery, minutes of meetings.

Superbuild City Hall display

Thirteen foam core posters produced to be shown together as a display celebrating the history and future of Ryerson. Panels detail various eras in Ryerson's history. Also includes a small amount of textual records (correspondence, notes) detailing the City hall super build display.

Faculty and Staff biographical cards

The file consists of index cards bearing the name of a faculty or staff member, arranged in alphabetical order by surname, with information about individuals' employment. The information was taken primarily from course calendars and provides the years and department/faculty/school wherein they worked. Some cards have no data while others have extra data from other sources.

Although the dates are primarily for the 1950s-1970s, a few cards have dates starting in the 1940s or ending in the 1990s and 2000s. The cards were a frequently used resource; however, with the advent of the electronic database, their usage fell.


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