The Archives of Ontario provides a window on the past for all Ontarians, connecting
us with our ancestors and our communities. Many of the documents held by the Archives
have come from private donors, to whom we are most grateful. We would like to celebrate
those donations and thank the individuals and groups whose generosity has ensured
that these unique and valuable records are permanently available to all Ontarians.
Since 1903, the Archives of Ontario has been acquiring records from the private
sector. The Archives holds the records of over 2600 private individuals, businesses,
clubs and associations, labour and political organizations, many of which are the
result of generous donations.
Initiated in 1853, and now comprised of over 2,500 original works of art, the Government
of Ontario Art Collection is administered by the Archives of Ontario. Eclectic and
widespread, these pieces can be found displayed in government buildings across the
province. Donors like the ones listed here have contributed significantly to the
growth of the collection over the years.
The Archives of Ontario Library is a research and reference collection for the general
public and the staff of the Archives. Many of the titles have been donated.
The Archives of Ontario acquires donations of records created by individuals, families, and businesses active throughout Ontario.
The AO preserves original records from various organizations to maintain our collective history, and preserve the documentary heritage and community identity.
Donations to the Library range from rare and historical materials to current publications on various aspects of Ontario's history.
Generous donations of fine art paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and furnishings form a significant part of the Government of Ontario Art Collection.