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Archives of Ontario
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2010
Inside the front door to the left of the reception desk at 134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard on the York University campus, is this Ontario Heritage Trust plaque. Here's what it says:
Coordinates: 43.774983 -79.500375
In 1903, responding to public demands for an historical records repository, the Ontario government established a provincial archives under Alexander Fraser, a Toronto editor and historian. As first Archivist of Ontario, he initiated an ambitious acquisition programme and began the publication of important documents in a valuable series of annual reports. The Archives Act of 1923 directed the transfer of inactive government records to the Archives and by 1934 it had developed as a major centre for the preservation and public use of documents, maps and photographs related to Ontario. Following the Second World War and the introduction of a comprehensive government records management programme, the Archives of Ontario became one of Canada's foremost archival institutions.
> Posted July 15, 2010
The Archives have moved and taken their plaque with them. They are now located on Ian Macdonald Boulevard, near Keele Street, on the campus of York University. The address is: 134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard, Toronto ON M7A 2C5 - M. Shepherd [Editor's Response: Thanks. It's now re-photographed.]
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