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New Online Tool Allows for Easier Searching

We are excited to announce our new, integrated and customer-friendly online tool to search all of our archival, library and art collections in one place – the Archives and Information Management System (AIMS). The AIMS will be available for public use this Thursday, September 29, 2022. More information about using AIMS will be provided at that time.

Click to know more about Family History

Follow this link to learn how to trace your family history using the records held by the Archives of Ontario

Click to know more about Education

The Archives of Ontario brings education to life with resources and online lesson plans

Click to know about What We Have

Explore the Archives' collections using our research guides and various Databases

At Centre Stage...

Exterior of the Archives of Ontario's building against a brightly coloured starry sky with Nuit Blanche 2022 in pink text in the upper right corner

We’re taking part in Toronto’s all-night contemporary art crawl from sunset on October 1 to sunrise on October 2, 2022. Explore installations thematically linked to animals in and around our building by Deirdre Logue, Jennifer Dysart, Public Visualization Studio, Chris Chong Chan Fui, and Jenn E. Norton. Visit our exhibit ANIMALIA: Animals in the Archives. Plus, join us for the launch of Archive/Counter-Archive’s new mobile archiving microbus, CineMobilia. Learn More.

Queen Picture

To mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022), explore our latest Flickr album to see images from the Archives of Ontario’s collections illustrating the queen’s presence in Ontario throughout her reign.

OSA Logo

Check out exhibits, events, and resources to learn more about the fascinating history of the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) – Canada’s oldest continuously operating professional art society. Click to learn how the Government of Ontario Art Collection and Archives of Ontario are supporting creativity in Ontario as the Society celebrates its anniversary year. Image: P. Dumas-Hudecki 

Detail from Stratford — a colourful, geometric painting created by Donald Lewis circa 1968 and featuring Shakespeare and theatre imagery to depict Stratford, Ontario

It’s showtime! Explore our latest online exhibit that traces the development of Ontario’s live theatre scene over the past 200 years and puts the past and present importance of the dramatic arts at centre stage.

Puzzle depicting a Costumed woman in Caribana parade, Toronto

Discover amazing records from the Archives of Ontario’s collections and put your puzzling skills to the test.

Photo of a man looking at a microfilm reel with a magnifying glass

Explore some of our most popular microfilm collections online! FamilySearch International has digitized these collections for you to access free of charge through the FamilySearch website. Learn more.