Art Gallery of Ontario

Identity area

Identifier

ON00012

Authorized form of name

Art Gallery of Ontario

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • E.P. Taylor Library and Archives

Type

  • Arts Organization

Contact area

 

Amy Furness Primary contact

Type

Address

Street address

317 Dundas Street West

Locality

Toronto

Region

Ontario

Country name

Canada

Postal code

M5T 1G4

Telephone

416-979-6660 x 356

Fax

416-979-6602

Note

 

Marilyn Nazar

Type

Address

Street address

Locality

Region

Country name

Postal code

Telephone

416-979-6660 ext. 219

Fax

416-979-6602

URL

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Description area

History

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

Buildings

Holdings

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 120 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

Open by appointment Tuesday-Friday 10am to 4:45 pm, plus Wednesday evenings during the academic year (September-June) until 8:00 pm.

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.

Accessibility

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 cameras to make reproductions for research and private study use only. Publication-quality images may be requested through the AGO's Image Resources department.
Photocopying facilities are available.

Public areas

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

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

August 8, 2013; updated September 19, 2017

Language(s)

  • English

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Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

Primary contact

317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
CA M5T 1G4