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Online Exhibits

Exhibits U of T showcases digitized materials from University of Toronto Libraries collections. Powered by Omeka, Exhibits U of T allows librarians, curators, faculty, and students to create context-rich exhibits and web pages. If you would like to create an exhibit or learn more, please contact us.

The Student Experience in Engineering (1878-1906)

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This exhibition offers snapshots of the Engineering student experience in the School of Practical Science (SPS) before it officially became the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) in 1906. 

The State in the Bedroom - The Evolution of Reproductive Rights in Canada

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This exhibit traces the legislative history of reproductive rights in Canada from 1892 to the end of the 20th century.

The Russian Revolution in Contemporary Opinion

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2017 marked the centennial of the October Revolution in Russia.

Preparing for the Warm War: Implications of a Defeat in Korea, 1950-1951

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In December 1950, the prospects of a UN victory in Korea were slim. Chinese forces had entered the war in October 1950, and their successful campaigns forced the UN coalition to retreat past the 38th parallel.

Polyphony: Diversity in Music

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Polyphony, noun: a style of musical composition employing two or more simultaneous but relatively independent melodic lines. (Merriam-Webster)

Peter MacCallum, Photographer

The project features stunning interior and exterior images of Toronto’s most cherished concert hall. The photographs in this series are primarily dated from 2008 to 2013, while a small but important group dates from 1987.

Disjecta membra: Medieval Manuscript Fragments at Massey College

The Robertson Davies Library is home to a small number of medieval manuscript fragments.

Conquering Lion Pictures

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The archives of independent film production company Conquering Lion Pictures are cared for by the Media Commons Archives at the University of Toronto.

Concept of Operations in the Event of Unlimited Nuclear War, 1957-1963

In response to the growing threat of nuclear war, the Canadian government needed to prepare for a Soviet attack.

Canadian Public Figures on Tape

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In the early 1970s, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) conducted a series of ten interviews with prominent Canadian politicians and released the series under the title Canadian Public Figures on Tape as a resource for h

An Unexpected and Challenging Transition: Pierre Trudeau and the Ascent of the Reagan presidency, 1980-1981

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The United States of America has been unquestionably Canada’s most important external relationship, especially post-1945.  Consequentially, relationships between Prime Ministers and Presidents have naturally been the subject of interest for Canadi

Discrimination Not Allowed: Human Rights in Ontario

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This exhibit explores the history of human rights in Ontario, highlighting significant decisions made by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO - formerly named the Ontario Board of Inquiry from 1962-2002).

U of T Engineering Buildings (1878 - 2018) 140 Years of Stories

Engineering Buildings

This exhibit spans the 140 year (1878-2018) history of the buildings and spaces used by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. Some have been demolished, transformed by additions, shifted from other departme

University of Toronto Libraries at 125

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This exhibition explores its history from 1892 to the present day.

U of T Showcase 150

U of T Showcase 150

In recognition of Canada 150, campus archives and special collections have come together to showcase their unique, diverse holdings within the context of 150 years of Canada's historical narrative.

The University of Toronto: Snapshots of its History

The University of Toronto: Snapshots of its History

This exhibition, “The University of Toronto: Snapshots of its history”, was mounted in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in 2002 as a part of the University’s 175th anniversary celebrations.

The State in the Bedroom - The Evolution of Reproductive Rights in Canada

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To coincide with the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and promote UTL special collections, Robarts Reference librarians Patricia Bellamy, Jesse Carliner, Nicholas Worby, and iSchool practicum student Tina Sabourin have curated an exhibit t

The Sandford Fleming Fire: Recollections Forty Years Later

In the early morning hours of February 11th, 1977, a fire ravaged through the Sandford Fleming building at the University of Toronto.

Pierson v. Post Judgment Roll

Pierson v. Post has been made famous by its use in American property law classrooms since the 1950s.

Ontario Dental Association: 150th Anniversary

In Toronto, on January 3-5, 1867, the first meeting of dentists occurred at the Queen's Hotel with the goal to establish the Ontario Dental Association (ODA).

Making History: contributions of faculty members in science and medicine

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This exhibit is comprised of 30 photographs drawn from the University of Toronto Archives, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Hospital for Sick Children Archives and the grandson of John Gerald FitzGerald.

In All Of Us Command: Story of an Anthem

In the following exhibit, you will discover the compositional context of “O Canada” and examine different versions of the piece from our library’s extensive Canadian Sheet Music Collection.

Fashion Plates from the Collections of the Library & Archives, Royal Ontario Museum

This virtual exhibit is intended to assist researchers and students in providing a brief look at the subject of fashion plates; it is a good jumping off point to do further research but it is by no means exhaustive.

Dr. Tony Pawson Tribute

Dr. Tony Pawson (1952-2013) revolutionized our understanding of the way our cells work in health and in disease.

Dentistry Library 120th Anniversary

The Dentistry Library celebrates its 120th year in 2017. From rare books, to e-books, to dental artifacts, the Dentistry Library offers a unique look at the profession, past and present. Explore our collections and history here.

Crime and Punishment at 150: Global Contexts

To commemorate Crime and Punishment’s resounding triumph and influence, a two month exhibition was held at John P. Robarts Research Library, University of Toronto, from October 3-November 30, 2016.

Canadian Music Publishing and the War Effort

The University of Toronto Music Library's Canadian Sheet Music Collection highlights the Toronto music publishers’ responses to the Great War.

Canadian Law and Canadian Identity

Canadian Law and Canadian Identity

This Exhibit explores the intersection between Canadian law and Canadian identity (understood broadly to include dimensions such as culture, language, geography, race, ethnicity, and religion).

Canada's Oldest Profession: Sex Work and Bawdy House Legislation

Canada's Oldest Profession: Sex Work and Bawdy House Legislation

This digital exhibit complements and expands upon the exhibition, Canada's Oldest Profession: Sex Work and Bawdy House Legislation, on display in Robarts Library, 1st floor exhibition space, from March 8th to June 1st, 2016.