The Archives of Ontario maintains an exciting travelling exhibits loan program that
showcases the Archives' holdings in a variety of subject-based exhibits. These exhibits
are available free of charge to any institution that wishes to borrow them. The
exhibits enable thousands of people from around the province to view selections
from the Archives' holdings in an informative and accessible format.
There are currently 12 exhibits circulating among heritage, cultural, and educational
institutions throughout Ontario. Current exhibits available for loan are shown below.
Click on "PDF" to download a pdf version of the exhibit, or click on "Online Exhibit"
to go to the companion online exhibit where available.
Discover how the lives of four family groups in Ontario during the Confederation Era intersected with larger historical forces, and how genealogy can bring you into intimate contact with the past! This new travelling exhibit will be available to borrow starting in January 2017.
Whether living on a farm, enjoying a farmer’s market, or tasting delicious foods, Ontarians take great pride in their agricultural heritage. This new
exhibit examines how farming in Ontario has transformed the land and created communities, and how food reaches our tables.
Telling the stories of four diverse Ontarians, this exhibit highlights the impact that the war had on individual lives. It features a love story told through letters between a soldier and his sweetheart, the heartwarming correspondence between a frontlines surgeon and the patients whose lives he saved, and the remembrances of a veteran who returned to the battlefields 20 years later.
View images from the collection celebrating Ontario's athletic heritage, including
those leading moments and personalities in Ontario sports history, and the citizenship
of those businesses that supported and promoted sports and fitness for Ontario and
Many people do not know that slavery existed in Canada. Produced in partnership
with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada,
touches on the lives of enslaved Africans, and focuses on the actions they took
to resist their servitude.
Canadians and Ontarians take great pride and interest in their health care system,
and the Archives of Ontario is proud to hold an important key to the province's
heritage through the health-related records that it acquires, preserves, and makes
accessible to the public. Medical Records at the Archives of Ontario is an exhibit
that explores the variety and scope of medical records held by the Archives of Ontario.
Do you remember the excitement of that special night out at the movies? Was it your
first evening show as a - Do you remember the excitement of that special night out
at the movies? Was it your first evening show as a child, the first date with your
future spouse, or maybe just the thrill of seeing the best movie ever? The theatre
regulatory files held by the Archives of Ontario tell stories of the theatres, their
owners, and sometimes even their patrons.
Diaries provide an immediacy and intimacy provided by very few types of records.
A Lifetime - Day by Day, Five Women and Their Diaries provides important insights
into the every day lives of early Ontario pioneers.
Ontario is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Yours to Discover
- Tourism in Ontario through Time is an exhibit that explores tourism in Ontario
from the early settlers to the travellers of the current day, using documents and
images from the Archives' collection.
The James Bay Treaty Turns 100 - 2005 marked the centennial of The James Bay Treaty,
also known as Treaty No.9. The James Bay Treaty Turns 100 is an exhibit outlining
the main historical events leading to Treaty No.9.
The War of 1812 had long term effects on the economic, social and political life
of the province. This exhibit showcases some of the personalities and locations
that played a role in the war and explores the events of that conflict as told through
the correspondence and diaries of those who lived it.
The government of Ontario has always tried to help Ontarians live longer, healthier
lives. This exhibit explores the history of health promotion in Ontario.
David Thompson (1770-1857) fur trader, astronomer and surveyor, mapped more of North
America than anyone else. His journals, letters, maps and autobiography provide
detailed insights into the fur trade, the Native People he encountered, the lands
he explored, and milestones in his life.
All of the exhibits have been produced on easy to erect panels that are approximately
2' by 7' in size. The exhibits range from three to five panels.
The length of time the exhibits can be borrowed can range from one to three months.
The Archives of Ontario, however, will consider longer or shorter loan periods depending
on the needs of the host institution or event.
For more information:
Tel: (416) 327-1557
Toll free: 1-800-668-9933 (Ontario residents)