Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • Arts Organization

Contact area


Reference desk



Street address

317 Dundas Street West





Country name


Postal code

M5T 1G4


(416) 979-6642





Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies



The AGO Archives document the history of the Gallery since 1900, and of The Grange house since 1820. Popular series include exhibition files, publicity scrapbooks (documenting Gallery exhibitions and all other activity), architectural plans, photographs, records of the Gallery School, and correspondence (with art dealers, artists, collectors, and scholars). Because of the regularity with which several artists’ groups held exhibitions at the Gallery, the archives are a rich resource for research into the activities of the Group of Seven, the Canadian Group of Painters, the Ontario Society of Artists, and others.

The Special Collections are one of the most important concentrations of archival material on the visual arts in Canada. There are over 150 individual collections, ranging in date from the early 19th century to the present day, and documenting major artists, art dealers and collectors, artist-run galleries, and other people and organizations who have shaped the Canadian art world.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

The Library & Archives is open to the public Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1pm-5pm, and Wednesday 1-8pm. Access to Archives and Special Collections requires an appointment. We are closed annually the two weeks before Labour Day for collections maintenance.

Access conditions and requirements

All Archives and Special Collections researchers need to register, which involves supplying your contact information and agreeing to abide by the reading room rules.


The AGO is wheelchair accessible. Street-level access to the AGO is available through our Group Entrance, open during all public hours. Wheelchairs and walkers are available to visitors on a first-come first-served basis or may be reserved in advance of your visit.
The door to the Research Library & Archives is not wheelchair accessible, but staff are available to assist.

Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Researchers are welcome to use their own digital devices to make reproductions for research and private study use only. Publication-quality images may be requested through the AGO's Image Resources department.

Public areas

Our reading room is equipped with Wifi and electrical outlets at each table. Two computer workstations are available for use in the general reference area.

Control area

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Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created August 8, 2013; updated September 19, 2017, April 20, 2018 and September 21, 2018.


  • English



Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Toronto (Geographic subregion)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
CA M5T 1G4