Archives & Special Collections

Archival material at CTASC related to Black Canadian Studies

Over the years, the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections has acquired material which preserves the histories of the lived experience of Black Canadians. This post highlights a selection of fonds which contain a significant portion of records with content related to Black Canadians. Additional material can be found using CTASC's descriptive database.
Archival fonds from [...]

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Waffle Women in Politics: The Candidacy of Ellie Prepas in the 1972 Canadian Federal Election

As the City of Toronto heads into a mayoral race with three of the six leading candidates being women, let’s look back at a very different election landscape as the Clara Thomas Archives highlights the achievements of Professor Ellie Prepas during her time as a member of the Waffle movement within the New Democratic Party [...]

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First bulk upload to Wikimedia Commons a success thanks to emerging public historians

On November 23, 2020, the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections contributed several digitized historical maps to Wikimedia Commons, an online repository of free images and other media. With these scans later embedded into Wikipedia articles, the maps are now viewed nearly 2.4 million times per year.
Students enrolled in visiting professor and course director Gilberto [...]

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Celebrating Black History Month - Beverley Salmon

Written by Brian Omran, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections practicum student
The Clara Thomas Archives holds a number of fonds that document the lives of Black Canadians. In this last week of Black History Month, we're highlighting the work of Toronto politician and activist Beverley Salmon.

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