Archives Resources


Diary of George Shirley Denison (1846-1876) 

Read a transcript of a diary kept by Toronto resident George Shirley Denison during the years 1862-1863.   

Scrapbooks of the Women's Law Association of Ontario

View a selection of items from scrapbooks maintained by the Women's Law Association of Ontario. 

Oral History Interviews  

Find information about oral history interviews held by the Archives.

History of Lay Benchers at the Law Society of Upper Canada

January 17th, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the first time non-lawyers officially sat in Convocation as lay benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada. A paper by Law Society articling candidate Ross Gower provides a history of the events leading up to the appointment of lay benchers and considers the achievements of those who were most influential.                    

Despite some lawyers' initial reticence to accept lay benchers, both the profession and the public have benefited greatly from their work. They have forever changed the face of  the legal profession in Ontario - and have helped promote access to justice in the province.

For more, read Gower's paper.                     

Treasurers and Benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Explanatory notes and lists of past and present benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada, including elected benchers, appointed benchers, and ex officio benchers. 

History of Call to the Bar, Academic Convocations, and Honourary Degree ceremonies

Find out about the public Call to the Bar ceremonies, Osgoode Hall Law School academic convocations, and honourary degree ceremonies, that have taken place since 1936. View copies of the ceremonial programmes, honourary degree citations, and speeches, that exist in the Archives of the Law Society of Upper Canada. 

"A Simcoe Relic" 

View journal entries and drawings made by Elizabeth Simcoe in 1794 while on a boat trip from Kingston to Quebec. 

Newton Wesley Rowell Letter Books

Examine letter books written by Newton Wesley Rowell and read about his trip to Western Canada and the United States in 1890-91.