100 Princes’ Boulevard, Suite 1
Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3
Exhibition Place Records and Archives
Exhibition Places Records & Archives is a program of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place (an agency of the City of Toronto). Originally founded in 1964, Records & Archives acquires and preserves the records of the Board of Governors of Exhibition, as well as the records of the Canadian National Exhibition, the Canadian International Air Show, and the Warriors’ Day Parade Council.
Apart from official records (textual, photographic, film, audio recordings, printed material) produced by the above mentioned bodies, Records & Archives also acquires and preserves private papers and artefacts that serve to illustrate the history of Exhibition Place and events that have taken place on the grounds. Material held by Records & Archives date from the founding of the CNE in 1879 to the present.
Open by appointment only between Monday and Friday from 9:00 am until 4 pm. To make an appointment, or for general inquiries, please call 416-263-3676, or email JEdwards@explace.on.ca.
Upon arrival, researchers will be registered. The information gathered at this time is used to administer the Reading Room and to compile statistics for Records & Archives.
Be sure to do as much research as possible on your topic through secondary sources (books and journals) before contacting Records & Archives. Know your subject well or as well as possible.
Before you telephone, write or email Records & Archives, define your needs as clearly as possible: what information are you looking for, time period, what format or type of record you are looking for (e.g. only photos), how extensive do you expect your research project to be (personal interest, thesis), deadlines, if any.
Make an appointment to visit Records & Archives or make arrangements to have staff provide you with the information sought.
Researchers are welcomed to use finding aids available in Records & Archives at no charge. Staff will assist researchers for up to thirty (30) minutes in identifying relevant records. At no charge, staff will undertake thirty (30) minutes of research in responding to requests received by mail, email, fax or telephone.
Beyond the first half-hour, staff will conduct expert searches based on their knowledge of the records and electronic finding aids for a fee. Upon request, Records & Archives staff will also provide researchers with the names of professional researchers who, for a fee, will assist in more extensive searches.
Photocopying will be carried out by Records & Archives staff. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Photographic reproductions will be arranged by Records & Archives staff. The researcher is responsible for the cost of any reproduction. Restricted material cannot normally be reproduced.