Archive Fever Friday: Archives of Ontario and Clara Thomas Archives

When and Where

Friday, February 28, 2020 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm
York University
134 Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto M3J 2S5


Sean Smith
Katrina Cohen-Palacios


Our upcoming Archive Fever Friday double header on February 28th at York University visits the Archives of Ontario and Clara Thomas Archives.

Archive Fever Fridays, an ongoing tour of the GTA’s archival wonderland, seeks to expand research horizons and encourage work with local film and media materials by forging ties among students, scholars, artists, and archivists in the Toronto community.

The Archives of Ontario is the largest provincial archives in Canada, and the premier source of information about the history of Ontario and its people. Since 1903 they have been in existence collecting, preserving, and making available the documentary heritage of the province. The archives contain over 35,000 hours of audiovisual records with notable collections including London, Ontario’s television network CFPL, the Theatre Inspection Branch, and the Ontario Board of Censors. Archivist Sean Smith will present an overview of the Archives and its major collection areas.

2:15-3:15pm: Room 305 in Scott Library
The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections (CTASC) at York University Libraries preserves and provides access to eight kilometers of textual records and contains over 15,000 analog audiovisual items. CTASC's holdings reflect York University's long history of fostering expertise in documentary film and media arts. Archival record groups include that of James Beveridge, Donna Davey, Dini Petty, Gail Singer; and the Desh Pardesh, Regent Park Film, Planet in Focus festivals. Archivist Katrina Cohen-Palacios will present an overview of the CTASC and its major collection areas.

Convened by Jessica Whitehead, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto. RSVP required by 15 February to

Contact Information


134 Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto M3J 2S5