Key Acquisitions: Jane Finch Community Research

Donation of the Wanda MacNevin collection complements the Libraries’ role as co-investigator on “Ethical, Accessible Research Data Management for the Jane Finch Community,” a project funded by a SSHRC Connections Grant. Wanda MacNevin moved to the Jane-Finch community in the 1970s as a single mother. Concerned by the community’srapid growth and lack of social services, [...]


Expanding Access Through Collection Building

ACQUIRING MATERIALS that meet the research and creative needs of the community is an important part of the Libraries’ work. Over the past 18 months, York University Libraries have acquired notable collections that provide access to range of voices. Some examples across different areas are the following: African Diaspora 1860-present; Ebony Magazine Archive; Jet Magazine [...]


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 [...]


York Libraries houses collection by Caribana founding member

Originally published in yFile: York University’s News.
As Toronto hosts the annual Caribbean Carnival that began more than 60 years ago to recognize Black emancipation from slavery, York University Libraries (YUL) celebrates its role in preserving and sharing the historic origins of the festival.

Photo credit: Kenneth Shah in costume for the Caribana parade, 1970. ASC, Shah [...]