Local digital special collections
These fulltext digital collections were developed here at the University of Toronto Libraries, in collaboration with university faculty and external partners. This work has often been made possible through the generous support of funding agencies.
This collection consists of over three hundred original paintings of Canadian flora and mushrooms by Agnes Chamberlin (1833-1913), dating from the period 1863 to the 1900s, as well as Chamberlin's published works, in all editions, and the original subscription books for the first two editions of Canadian wild flowers.
This collection features approximately 4500 full page plates and other significant illustrations of human anatomy. Each illustration has been fully indexed using medical subject headings (MeSH), and techniques of illustration, artists, and engravers have been identified whenever possible. There are ninety-five individual titles represented, ranging in date from 1522 to 1867.
This site documents two exploratory surveys of the Barren Lands region west of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the area now known as Nunavut. Drawing on materials from the J.B. Tyrrell, James Tyrrell and related collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, it includes over 5,000 images from original field notebooks, correspondence, photographs, maps and published reports.
British Armorial Binding is a comprehensive catalogue of all the coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic devices that have been stamped by British owners on the outer covers of their books, together with the bibliographical sources of the stamps. The database reproduces over 3,300 stamps used between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, associated with nearly two thousand individual owners.
Pre-1930 Canadian pamphlets and broadsides from the collections of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. To date the site contains of 596 broadsides (single sheets, printed on one or both sides) and 594 pamphlet titles which amounts to 21638 page images. Additional titles will be added on a regular basis. The collection includes items printed in Canada, by Canadian authors, or about Canadian subjects, mainly of a non-literary nature. Searching, browsing, full text and images are provided for each document.
Canadian Printer and Publisher, which began in 1892 and is still being published today by Rogers Media under the title Canadian Printer Magazine, is the national organ of the printing industry in Canada. It documents the growth and evolution of the trade, during a period of continuous technological and commercial innovation, beginning in the period when machine composition was taking over from hand composition in the 1890s.
The collection contains 101 of the Champlain Society's volumes (almost 50,000 printed pages) dealing with exploration and discovery over three centuries. It includes first-hand accounts of Samuel de Champlain's voyages in New France as well as the diary from Sir John Franklin's first land expedition to the Arctic, 1819-22.
In the early stages more than 1,500 private charters of the Great Cartulary of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, with particular reference to the County of Essex, were converted into electronic format. The wide range of computer-based analyses conducted on these charters allowed us to create an extensive research database containing information about personal names, relationships, occupations, properties both tangible and intangible, places and, where availble, dates which was easily accessible to the researcher.
The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (C.E. 600-1150) of the English language, using twenty-first century technology. The DOE complements the Middle English Dictionary (which covers the period C.E. 1100-1500) and the Oxford English Dictionary, the three together providing a full description of the vocabulary of English.
This site documents the initial period of the discovery and development of insulin, 1920-1925, here at the University of Toronto. It presents over seven thousand page images reproducing original documents ranging from laboratory notebooks and charts, correspondence, writings, and published papers to photographs, awards, clippings, scrapbooks, printed ephemera and artifacts.
FADIS (Fine Art Digital Imaging System) is a fine art and architecture repository and teaching tool of 30,000 digital images, videos and audio files with accompanying meta data for private study and research. Courseware tools include the creation of lecture carousels with image notes, multiple image display options for in class teaching, syllabus information, file sharing and online quizzes. Students can also create study and presentation "virtual" carousels, download lecture carousels as PDF, search and browse from the growing collection of art history. Faculty and students can create an account using Web Login. Departments interested in using FADIS to manage digital images should contact email@example.com.
Heritage U of T is a digital repository of archival records, photographs, books, maps, drawings, and sound and moving image files chronicling the University of Toronto's rich history from its founding, through both world wars, to the present. This site is a tri-campus initiativeby the University of Toronto Libraries' Information Technology Services, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University Archives and Records Management Services, U of T Mississauga Library, and U of T Scarborough Library.
This bibliography is a work in progress that aims eventually to provide descriptions of all the volumes of verse in English that were published from 1770 to 1835. Phase I presents the years from 1798 to 1835 and includes 17,160 entries. Phase II will add the years from 1770 to 1797. The bibliography includes books that appeared for the first time in 1770 or later, with a minimum size of ten pages. The inclusion of books that mix prose and verse depends on their containing at least ten pages of verse that was not published before 1770.
This site provides information on the 250-year relationship between Moravian missionaries and the Inuit of Labrador. This interaction led to the establishment of settlements for a formerly nomadic people, their conversion to Christianity and exposure to aspects of North American culture. The information has been gathered from a variety of sources that shed light upon this unique adventure.
LEME searches and displays word-entries from monolingual English dictionaries, bilingual lexicons, technical vocabularies, and other encyclopedic-lexical works, 1480-1702. Texts of word-entries whose headword (source) or explanation (target) language is English tell us what speakers of English thought about their tongue in the period. Edited by Prof. Ian Lancashire, this publication contains over half a million word entries in 150 searchable lexicons, supported by extensive primary and secondary bibliographies.
Collection of 190 pieces of vellum in Greek and Latin illustrating the history and development of handwriting from the 4th century until the end of the Middle Ages. Items 1-21 (which are Coptic in origin) illustrate the development of uncial writing from the beginning up to its decline in Egypt in the 9th century. A detailed finding aid is available in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.
This database currently includes the mayors, sheriffs, and wardens of the City of London 1190–1558: their names, terms of office, and company (in the early years, craft/trade guild) membership or occupation. The database will gradually be expanded to include the years from 1559 to the present. Still later additions may include short biographies of the better-known mayors and sheriffs, and/or references or links to existing biographical sources.
This evaluation version of MAP's Documentary Sources database, developed by the Medici Archive Project and published on the web by the University of Toronto Libraries, currently describes 200 volumes of documents in the Medici Granducal Archive (Archivio Mediceo del Principato), with document records for approximately 10,000 letters and biographical records for approximately 11,000 people. The Medici Archive Project's research team, at work in the Florentine National Archive (Archivio di Stato di Firenze), will be updating this data regularly.
One of the most important research collections pertaining to the independence movement in Mexico, 1789-1828, compiled by the late Prof. James McKegney. The collection contains a bibliographic database of more than 11,000 citations and over 1,150 digital copies of pamphlets listed in the database. This database and the accompanying documents are one of the most important archival sources in the world for the study of the political, social and cultural aspects of the independence movement in Mexico.
Professional performers of all kinds in England and Wales toured to provincial towns, monasteries and private residences before 1642. The REED Patrons and Performances Web Site is a searchable database about professional performers on tour in the provinces – their patrons, the performance venues they used and the routes they took across the kingdom.
Representative Poetry Online includes 4,079 English poems by 618 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today. It is based on Representative Poetry, established by Professor W. J. Alexander of University College, University of Toronto, in 1912 and used in the English Department at the University until the late 1960s. Its electronic founder and editor since 1994 is Ian Lancashire, who is a member of the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Soviet Samizdat Periodicals is a database of information about editions of classic Soviet samizdat, 1956-1986. The Database includes approximately 300 titles, representing all known types of samizdat periodical editions from this late Soviet era, including human rights bulletins, poetry anthologies, rock zines, religious and national editions.
This page contains two significant Toronto Korean-language newspapers: The Minjoong Shinmoon (Jan. 1982; Jan. 1989 - Mar. 1993) and The New Korea Times (May 1982 - May 2003). The collection features approximately 7,420 pages. This digitization project was an international collaborative project funded by the National Institute of Korean History.
Sizable full text collection of poetry, drama, and prose and non-fiction works, together with criticism and theory resources, glossaries, a history of English, and English composition resources. Works are selected for their usefulness to the university English student. Developed, maintained, and edited by Prof. Ian Lancashire, University of Toronto Department of English.
This digital collection features over 2500 of the prints of Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677), a great master of the art of etching. The lion’s share of Hollar’s work was produced in and about his adopted England, but his artistic interest was broad ranging and the site also includes religious and historical prints, maps, portraits, costumes, and natural history.