Highlights of Items Digitized in 2017 and Available in the Digital Archive

December 14, 2017 | Eric

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In 2017, the Preservation & Digitization Department at the Toronto Reference Library has been busy digitizing more content for the public to research, view, download and enjoy. Items include maps, ephemera, photographs and full books. In terms of just page numbers alone, staff have digitized well over 215,000 pages!

We wanted to share with you just a sample of this activity. Please explore our Digital Archive and happy holidays!

Staff digitizing a large poster with high resolution overhead scanner
Staff digitizing a large poster with high resolution overhead scanner   

Maps

Karte von den Bayen Rheeden und Hafen von Plaisance auf der Insel Terre Neuve, 1744
Karte von den Bayen Rheeden und Hafen von Plaisance auf der Insel Terre Neuve, 1744
"Underground" routes to Canada: showing the lines of travel of fugitive slaves, 1896
"Underground" routes to Canada: showing the lines of travel of fugitive slaves, 1896
Partie de l'Amerique Septentrionale qui comprend la Nouvelle France ou le Canada, par le Sr. Robert de Vaugondy Geog? Ordinaire du Roy. Avec privilege 1755
Partie de l'Amerique Septentrionale qui comprend la Nouvelle France ou le Canada, par le Sr. Robert de Vaugondy Geog? Ordinaire du Roy. Avec privilege 1755

Ephemera

Canadian Horse Show, Toronto Armories, April 25, 26, 27, 28, 1906
Canadian Horse Show, Toronto Armories, April 25, 26, 27, 28, 1906
Facts concerning Canadian National Exhibition, 1918
Facts concerning Canadian National Exhibition, 1918
Coleman cookers: make their own gas, 1920
Coleman cookers: make their own gas, 1920
Canadian Pacific Whist Drive score card, 1925
Canadian Pacific Whist Drive score card, 1925
Dr. Jug's medicine for lungs, liver and blood, 1886
Dr. Jug's medicine for lungs, liver and blood, 1886

Ontario towns from the Toronto Star Photo Archive

Bright colored banners stretching across main street tell of centennial celebrations, Barrie, Ontario
Bright colored banners stretching across main street tell of centennial celebrations, Barrie, Ontario, 1953
All houses have upstairs with two bedrooms, ground floor with living-room, kitchen-dinette and bedroom and a full-sized cellar, Belleville, Ontario, 1949
All houses have upstairs with two bedrooms, ground floor with living-room, kitchen-dinette and bedroom and a full-sized cellar, Belleville, Ontario, 1949
Bigwin Inn, Bethany, Ontario, 1947
Bigwin Inn, Bethany, Ontario, 1947
Blind River’s fate typical of north, Blind River, Ontario, 1956
Blind River’s fate typical of north, Blind River, Ontario, 1956

Early children's books from the Osborne Collection

Songs for little people, 1896
Songs for little people, 1896
Young England's nursery rhymes, 1887
Young England's nursery rhymes, 1887
Banbury Cross & other nursery rhymes, 1895
Banbury Cross & other nursery rhymes, 1895

 Books on early arctic expeditions

In the heart of the Arctics, 1907
In the heart of the Arctics, 1907
Recent polar voyages : a record of discovery and adventure; from the search after Franklin to the British Polar Expedition, 1875-1876, 1880
Recent polar voyages : a record of discovery and adventure; from the search after Franklin to the British Polar Expedition, 1875-1876, 1880
The North Pole, 1910
The North Pole, 1910

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