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Archives

What we do

The Diocesan Archives offers safe, secure and controlled storage for non-current parish records. This includes baptism, marriage and burial records and proof of status for legal or genealogical purposes.

We hold the parish history files and often get calls from parishioners looking for historical information for events like special anniversaries.

The Archives also acts as a records centre and maintains the central filing system for active and semi-active files of the Diocese. This includes records on:

  • parish and diocesan property
  • correspondence
  • deanery minutes and correspondence
  • diocesan boards and committees
  • treasury files
  • personnel files

Accessing the Archives

Parishes can consult Archives staff about records-keeping, storage and records retention. For more details, see the Guide to using your Diocesan Archives.

Effective May 2, 2022 the Anglican Diocese of Toronto Archives will reopen to in-person research on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only. There is a $5 cash charge for those wishing to conduct their own research in the archives. Please read detailed information below before booking an appointment.

We also welcome requests by mail, email and phone. We can carry out only limited research on behalf of patrons. Check the Archives fee schedule for more information.

The Diocese of Toronto Archives is committed to the health and safety of its researchers and employees. Effective with reopening, all visitors to the Anglican Diocese of Toronto Archives will need to present  valid proof of vaccination (enhanced vaccination certificate with official QR code) and photo identification to gain access to the building. In order to be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received your second vaccine at least 14 days before your visit. Documented exemptions as outlined by the Province of Ontario will be accepted by the Diocese. Please visit the ontario.ca website for more information.

Should we have to close temporarily, we will inform prospective visitors.

Please DO NOT come in if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are awaiting test results, have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, have been asked to self-isolate by public health authorities, or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days and have not been exempted from mandatory quarantine.

You will need to complete a screening questionnaire upon arrival.  If you do not successfully pass the screening questionnaire, your appointment will be rescheduled to an appropriate date.

If you are arriving from outside Canada and plan to visit, you will need to comply with the requirements outlined on the COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada webpage.

Days/times and how to reserve:

The Diocese of Toronto Archives is open to the public, by reservation only, as seating is limited. Proof of vaccination is required to access the building.

Appointments can be booked on Tuesday or Wednesday, 9 am to 12 pm, and 1 pm to 4 pm.

Before visiting, you must make a reservation with the archives staff. Please email archives@toronto.anglican.ca with subject line research appointment request, along with the date and time you would like to come. Due to limited seating, it is suggested you send a request with 2 or 3 possible dates/times so that we can try to accommodate you.

Visitors without reservations will not be admitted.

There is no penalty for cancelling your reservation; however, we request that you give us as much notice as possible.

Safety:

Proof of vaccination accepted in Ontario must be presented upon arrival. (If you are arriving from outside Canada and plan to visit, you will need to comply with the requirements outlined on the COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada webpage.)

While a face covering or mask is not required, we do encourage they be used especially if moving around the reading room, and physical distancing must be respected at all times.

Handwashing with soap and water is mandatory before handling collection materials.

All surfaces will be cleaned before and after a researcher’s visit.

Food and drink is prohibited

You will be asked to stay within the authorized Archive area.  Access to other parts of the Diocesan office, excluding the washrooms, is prohibited.

You will be expected to comply with all Diocesan safety protocols while on site.  If you have any questions, please contact archives@toronto.anglican.ca.

 

Tours

When the Archives reopens tours of the Archives can also be arranged by appointment only.

 

 

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Get in touch

You can reach the Archives staff at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) or by email:

Claire Wilton

Archivist
ext. 219

Sarah McDougall

Archives Assistant
ext. 218