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City of Toronto Directories


Photo: View of King Street, looking east from Yonge Street, Toronto, 1878
View of King Street, looking east from
Yonge Street, Toronto, 1878
Photographer unknown
Reference Code: F 4436-0-0-0-46
Archives of Ontario, I0021849

This microfilm consists of the directories for the City of Toronto (1833-1953) and Metropolitan Toronto (including East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York) (1954-1983).

The earliest directories often contained numerous details promoting the city, ranging from buildings constricted, import/export totals, and prominent events of the previous year.  Most of the directories contain the following sections in this order:

Classified Index: This section lists the street address and telephone number of the city’s most prominent institutions, societies, and commercial operations, along with most named buildings (e.g. Madison Apartments), locations (e.g., Mayfair Square), and places of worship.

Name Index: This section lists the head of the household for most private dwellings and many apartment buildings.  The information and abbreviations presented can include the name of the individual, their spouse, martial status, occupation and employer, type of dwelling (e.g., lodger, boarder, renter, homeowner) telephone number, and street address.  Please note that some business and entertainment people can appear repeatedly under their personal, commercial, and company names.

Street Index: This section alphabetically lists the city’s streets, giving the buildings, names of the occupants, and intersecting street on each side by order of their street number.

As Toronto’s population expanded, the directories covering 1950-1983 grew so massive that four reels of microfilm are required to copy them.  If you are looking to use the Classified or Name Index, order the first 3 reels for the year you are interested in.  If you are looking to use the Street Index, order the last 3 reels.

These records are available on microfilm reel B 70 D5 Reels 1-238. To order you may:

  • Consult the reel(s) in our reading room at 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto.
  • From the Interlibrary Loan Department of your public library, order the appropriate reel(s) as determined in table below. These reels cannot leave the borrowing library, so make sure to order them from a library that has a microfilm reader.
  • These Microfilm reels are also available at the Toronto Reference Library.
City of Toronto Directories

Date Publisher Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference

1833-1834

Walton

B70, Reel 1 or 2 (complete copy on each reel)

1837

Home District

B70, Reel 2

1846-1847

Brown

B70, Reel 2 or 3 (complete copy on each reel)

1850-1851

Rowsell

B70, Reel 2 or 3 (complete copy on each reel)

1856

Brown

B70, Reel 4, 5, or 6 (complete copy on each reel)

1859-1860

Caverhill

B70, Reel 3 or 5 (complete copy on each reel)

1861

Brown

B70, Reel 5 or 6 (complete copy on each reel)

1862-1863

Hurchinson

B70, Reel 5 or 6 (complete copy on each reel)

1864-1865

Mitchell

B70, Reel 4, 5, or 6 (complete copy on each reel)

1866

Mitchell

B70, Reel 84

1867-1868

Sutherland

B70, Reel 7

1868-1869

McVoy (compiler)

B70, Reel 8

1870

Irwin (compiler)

B70, Reel 7

1872-1873

Irwin (compiler)

B70, Reel 3

1873

Cherrier, Kirwin, and McGown

B70, Reel 8

1874

Fisher and Taylor

B70, Reel 8

1875

Fisher and Taylor

B70, Reel 8

1876

Fisher and Taylor

B70, Reel 9

1877

Might and Taylor

B70, Reel 9

1878

Might and Taylor

B70, Reel 10

1879

Might and Taylor

B70, Reel 10

1880

Might and Taylor

B70, Reel 11

1881

Might

B70, Reel 2

1882

Might

B70, Reels 12 and 13

1883

Polk

B70, Reel 13 (Pages 7-184 are missing; directory begins with “Ayers, S”)

1884

Polk

B70, Reel 14

1885

Polk

B70, Reels 14 and 15

1886

Polk

B70, Reel 16

1887

Polk

B70, Reel 17

1888

Polk

B70, Reels 18 and 19

1889

Polk

B70, Reels 19 and 20

1889

Union Publishing Company

B70, Reel 20

1890

Polk

B70, Reels 21 and 22

1891

Union Publishing Company

B70, Reel 23

1891

Might

B70, Reels 23 and 24

1892

Might

B70, Reels 24 and 25

1893

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B70, Reels 25 to 26

1894

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1895

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B70, Reels 28 and 29

1896

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B70, Reels 30 to 32

1897

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B70, Reels 32 and 33

1899

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B70, Reels 33 and 34

1900

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B70, Reels 35 and 35

1901

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B70, Reel 35

1902

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1903

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1904

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1905

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B70, Reels 38 and 39

1906

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B70, Reels 39 and 40

1907

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B70, Reels 40 to 42

1908

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B70, Reels 42 and 43

1909

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1910

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1911

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1912

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1913

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1914

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1915

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1916

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1917

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B70, Reels 54 and 55

1918

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1919

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B70, Reel 57

1920

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B70, Reels 58 and 59

1921

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B70, Reels 59 and 60

1922

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B70, Reels 61 and 62

1923

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B70, Reels 62 to 64

1924

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1925

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1926

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B70, Reels 67 to 69

1927

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1928

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1929

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1930

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1931

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1932

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1935

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1936

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1937

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B70, Reels 85 and 86

1938

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1939

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1940

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1941

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1942

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1943

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1944

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1945

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1946

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1947

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1948

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1949

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1950

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B70, Reels 111 to 114

1951

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B70, Reels 115 to 118

1952

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B70, Reels 119 to 122

1953

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B70, Reels 123 to 126

1954

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B70, Reels 127 to 103

1955

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B70, Reels 131 to 134

1956

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B70, Reels 135 to 138

1957

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B70, Reels 139 to 142

1958

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B70, Reels 143 to 146

1959

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B70, Reels 147 to 150

1960

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B70, Reels 151 to 154

1961

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B70, Reels 155 to 158

1962

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B70, Reels 159 to 162

1963

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B70, Reels 163 to 166

1964

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B70, Reels 167 to 170

1965

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B70, Reels 171 to 174

1966

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B70, Reels 175 to 178

1967

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B70, Reels 179 to 182

1968

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B70, Reels 183 to 186

1969

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B70, Reels 187 to 190

1970

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B70, Reels 191 to 194

1971

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B70, Reels 195 to 198

1972

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B70, Reels 199 to 202

1973

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B70, Reels 203 to 206

1974

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B70, Reels 207 to 210

1975

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B70, Reels 211 to 214

1976

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B70, Reels 215 to 218

1977

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B70, Reels 219 to 222

1978-1979

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B70, Reels 223 to 226

1980

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B70, Reels 227 to 230

1981-1982

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B70, Reels 231 to 234

1983

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B70, Reels 235 to 238



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