More Than One Million Canadian Vintage Photographs to be Available

The Toronto Public Library’s special collections department has just received a sizeable donation: more than one million photographs, which represent the complete photographic archive of the Toronto Star for the years 1900–1999. The public will have access to most of these images as of July 7. They’ll be available in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre on the fifth floor of the Toronto Reference Library—the TPL also has plans to make some of images available in its digital archive at

You can read more in an article by Sarah Sweet at

My thanks to newsletter reader Terry Mulcahy for telling me about this article.

One Comment

Professional photographs are often copyrighted and it isn’t necessarily an easy thing to find who has the right to grant permission to use them, say, at genealogical websites. I understand that the Toronto library has permission to store and display them, but I find that genealogists aren’t keen on finding out there are rules for *their* use of them. At the very least, we should not expect that our finding a great photo within a library’s collection is available for our own copying use without gaining permission, the same way we have to do that to use any other intellectual and/or material property.


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