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Toronto Star donates huge photo archive to the Library

Posted by Chris Bateman / June 25, 2014

toronto honest eds100 years of Toronto Star photographs will be available through the Toronto Public Library starting later this year, thanks to the newspaper's decision to donate more than a million historical images from its internal archive.

The Star and the TPL announced this morning the entire photograph catalogue, from the 1900 to 1999, will be available in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library starting this month. Part of the collection--it's not clear how much at this stage--will be viewable online at a later date.

toronto star archiveAmong the images, many of them capturing important Toronto moments and landmarks, there's Joe Carter celebrating the Blue Jays 1992 World Series win, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau sharing an umbrella with the Queen in 1977, a streetcar overturned in a snow storm, and Christmas queues outside Honest Ed's.

The collection will be available to the public starting July 7. The long process of digitizing a portion of the images, all of which were taken in the pre-digital era, is currently underway.

Here is a sample of some of the images:

toronto joe carter"First baseman Joe Carter leads the celebration of the 1992 Blue Jays World Series win," Mike Slaughter.

toronto june callwood"Torontonian June Callwood, award winning author, broadcaster and social activist at her typewriter in 1966," Norman James.

toronto glenn gould"Pianist Glenn Gould relaxes in a recording studio ten years after retiring from concert hall performances," Ron Bull.

toronto crash streetcar"A streetcar was overturned at the corner of Mutual and Queen Streets in the snowstorm of 1944. One passenger was killed and 50 injured," Alexandra Studio.

toronto jane jacobs"Urban writer and activist Jane Jacobs standing outside her home on Spadina Road just north of Bloor Street in 1968," Frank Lennon.

toronto traffic archive"Traffic moves southward along Avenue Road at Davenport during the morning rush hour in November 1958," Ron Laytner/Frank Teskey.

toronto star building"Construction workers put the last stone into place on top of the Toronto Star building at 80 King Street West in 1928," Alexandra Studios.

toronto skydomeA construction worker bolts structural members for Skydome's retractable roof in 1988," Mike Slaughter.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.



Mike / June 25, 2014 at 01:07 pm
Every good deed done deserves appreciation
Rick McGinnis (@rickmcginnis) / June 25, 2014 at 01:29 pm
Plus it's cheaper than storing it and paying archivists.
Laurin / June 26, 2014 at 08:35 am
Can they all be downloaded straight into my brain please?
bob aikman / December 20, 2014 at 01:40 pm
would like to see pictures from apr/8/58 back to june/1957 about the seaway about the above name have a picture from the toronto star with ower pictur dated 8IV/58
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