Over 100,000 Digital Objects Now Available in the Digital Archive

November 10, 2016 | Eric

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Toronto Public Library's digitization program has reached an important milestone: the Digital Archive now contains over 100,000 Special Collections objects for your use.

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We will feature more Digital Archive content in upcoming blog posts, but below are some examples of the types of materials you will find within this growing collection.

The Toronto Star Photo Archive offers images from between the years 1900 to 2000:

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Toronto Maple Leafs, 1974

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Toronto Blue Jays, 1991

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CN Tower
construction, 1974

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Blondie's Debbie Harry
at El Mocambo, 1982

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The Beatles at Toronto International
Airport, 1964

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Princess Elizabeth,

We also have many rare and precious maps:

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First printed map of the
North Pole, 1613

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Palma, 1593 circa

Not to mention lots of historical ephemera:

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In Flanders' Fields,
broadside, 1918

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Canadian National Exhibition,
broadside, 1917

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Prohibition pin, 1910

We have also been actively digitizing complete books from Special Collections and you can view them all here, with a few examples below:

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Toronto Illustrated, 1893
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A sequel to the North-west passage, 1860

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Toronto City Directory, 1868-9

 Don't miss digitized versions of images from the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books:

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Jack and Jill, 1899
Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales, 1911

And last, but certainly not least, we have a wonderful resources in the Baldwin Picture Collection, featuring many historical pictures of Toronto and elsewhere:

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City Hall and Square Competition,
model, 1958

  Pictures-r-1821 smallRossin House, York and King Streets, 1862

  Pictures-r-2682 smallPrinces' Gate, model, 1926

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Yonge Street, King to Queen
Streets, looking north, 1912

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Great Western Railway Station, 1922

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Organ grinder on Bay Street, 1922

  Pictures-r-4128 smallCanadian National Exhibition, 1923

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Kensington Market, 1924

  Pictures-r-4177 smallGrandstand, Canadian National Exhibition, 1924

Please visit the Digital Archive often as we are always adding new content.

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