Making Historical Photographs Accessible Online

The Toronto Public Library Digital Archive is a rich source of Toronto history. From the time an item in the collection is selected for digitization to when it is available in the Toronto Public Library Digital Archive, it undergoes an in-depth process to ensure it is accessible to everyone searching...

Toronto Local History Collections in Toronto Public Library

March 2, 2015 | Barbara Myrvold

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Toronto local history collections are provided in more than 30 branches of the Toronto Public Library. The collections include materials of historical significance about a specific geographic area. This could be the Toronto neighbourhood(s) served by the local branch library; an historic community, such as an annexed municipality; or the...

Guide to City Directories of Toronto: Decoding Abbreviations

This updated guide was originally posted in 2011. This guide provides explanations of many abbreviations for personal names, occupations and other words used in 19th-century Toronto city directories. A ab above acct accountant adv advertisement ag implts agricultural implements agt agent al alley Albt Albert Alex Alexander app apprentice appr...

Find Your Way to Local History and Genealogy at Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library (TPL) has just launched “Find Your Way to Local History and Genealogy” on the home page of the Library’s website or at tpl.ca/history-genealogy. Our goal is to provide users with a quick and easy experience to research local history and genealogy, raise awareness of our online and...