Introduction

Toronto Reference Library

The Special Collections at the Toronto Reference Library reveal a wonderful diversity of focus, form, age and content. Together, they form a cultural legacy that began in the late nineteenth century with the opening of Toronto's first public library. They continue to grow through acquisition and donation to ensure that users today and tomorrow have free access to their cultural and literary heritage. From the humble to the exquisite, each item in the collection has been treasured and preserved, and its story maintained by the librarians of the Toronto Public Library.

In celebration of the Toronto Reference Library's thirtieth year at 789 Yonge Street, we proudly present a special exhibition from these collected works. Take a walk through your collections -- follow in the footsteps of Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective, Sherlock Holmes, take a page out of the past from our collection of early printed books, sample the pageantry of the theatre, and witness the exploration and discovery of Canada in the treasures of the Baldwin Room.

The Baldwin Room Collection houses original material relating to the history of Canada in a number of research areas: Historical Pictures, Books and Periodicals, Manuscripts, Broadsides, Printed Ephemera and Newspapers. In addition to items from the Baldwin Room, the exhibition also features materials from the following collections: Maps, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and the Arthur Conan Doyle Room.

Click on the links in the menu bar above or the Canadian Historical Pictures Collection link below to begin the virtual tour. If you would like to view the items in person, the exhibit will be on display at the Toronto Reference Library in the TD Gallery from October 20 to December 31, 2007.

Canadian Historical Picture Collection >>