Overview of the Archives

What's New:

The Archives of the Law Society of Upper Canada is on Facebook!

The Archives now has a Facebook page. Watch our page for announcements on new acquisitions and events, “This Day in History” posts, and images of items from our holdings.

Archives launches online database of holdings

The Archives is pleased to announce the launch of a new Web-based resource, the Archives Description Database. The database contains descriptions of select records from the Archives’ holdings. It contains over 8,000 descriptions of records from various private fonds, our photograph collection, and special collections. The database will be updated on a regular basis as new records are added to the archival collection.


The Archives of the Law Society of Upper Canada is on Flickr!

Check out the Archives’ photostream on Flickr. We have posted historical images from the Archives’ collection of over 100,000 photographs. Please leave us your comments and suggestions. We will be adding new images on a regular basis, so remember to keep visiting the site.

Mandate

The Law Society of Upper Canada Archives was established in 1982 to ensure the preservation of the heritage of the legal profession in Ontario. The Archives serves as the repository for all records of permanent value to the Law Society of Upper Canada. The Archives accepts donations from external sources of material significant to the legal profession in Ontario. In addition, the Archives acts as an information resource centre to Law Society staff, the legal profession and the public.

Access

Please be aware that not all records are open for public access. Restrictions may apply when required by a donor, where access affects rights of privacy, where records contain confidential business information, or due to poor physical condition. Researchers must contact the Archives prior to their visit to identify whether the records they are interested in are open to research. In many cases, a visit may not be necessary, as Archives staff may be able to answer your question directly. Material can be researched on-site by appointment only.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by appointment

Contact Information

The Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
Osgoode Hall
130 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2N6
Telephone: 416-947-3320
E-mail: archref@lsuc.on.ca

Staff Directory

Paul Leatherdale, Archivist
Information on material in the archival collection; donations of material to the archives; research assistance.
Phone: 416-947-3320
E-mail: pleather@lsuc.on.ca

          For general research inquiries, please contact archref@lsuc.on.ca  

 For information on the history and architecture of Osgoode Hall, the Law Society's art and artifact collections, to arrange a tour of the building, or to borrow an exhibition, contact Elise Brunet, Curator, at 416-947-4041 or e-mail ebrunet@lsuc.on.ca.