Archives & History


Old medals, uniforms, photographs and more, dating back to 1829 ... In an Internet age, isn't wonderful we've preserved treasures we can touch and visit? Upstairs in the Upper School, you'll find the UCC Archives, a fascinating repository of UCC memorabilia.

The archives promotes and preserves UCC’s heritage. We like to call it our “institutional memory.” The archives seeks and acquires records and artifacts of permanent value to UCC and its affiliates. They offer a wealth of information about the history of UCC, Upper Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto. UCC graduates, faculty and the College itself have played a central role in Canadian politics, education, the arts and sports.

What Will I Find at the Archives?

Textual Records

These are documents produced by the UCC board of governors, the principal, the head of the Preparatory School and College associations. The collection also has student records and publications such as College Times, the oldest, continuously running student publication in Canada, dating back to 1871.

Graphic Collection

This collection has more than 20,000 photographs, slides, negatives, films and tapes depicting students, faculty, UCC buildings, theatre productions, sports and UCC's Norval Outdoor School.

Artifact Collection

These include medals, trophies, sweaters, caps, ties, pennants, sports equipment and Battalion uniforms.


We welcome inquiries from the UCC community and the public. However, access to some records is restricted and may require permission from the principal. Please note that the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services holds much of UCC’s archival record prior to 1900.


​During the academic year the UCC Archives is open Monday to Thursday: 9.00am – 3:00pm by appointment only.

Contact Details

 Jill Spellman
Office of Advancement
Upper Canada College
200 Lonsdale RoadToronto, ON  
M4V 1W6
Tel: 416-488-1125 ext. 2372


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School year: Monday through Friday by appointment


Jill Spellman, archivist
416-488-1125, ext. 2372