317 Dundas Street West
CA M5T 1G4
Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Created August 8, 2013; updated September 19, 2017, April 20, 2018 and September 21, 2018.