College Times

College Times is Canada’s oldest student publication and has an interesting history.  

The College Times was founded in September 1857 as an unofficial revolutionary student publication. By November its name had changed to The Monthly Times and in March 1858 a rival publication, The Boys’ Own Paper, had been produced. The two publications merged in May 1858 to create The Boys’ Times, which carried on as a weekly publication until April 1859 when it added College Growler to its masthead and continued until June 1860. The publication lay dormant between June 1860 and January 1871. At this time it was resurrected as The College Times and had continuous publication until June 1873. After an interval of almost nine years, The College Times once more became a living factor in College life in March 1882 until another lapse in publication only a few years later. College Times resumed in 1888 and has been published continuously ever since. Its first editor was John Ross Robertson, while other editors have included Stephen Leacock, Robertson Davies and Michael Ignatieff.

The original motto for the publication was 'Quidquidaguntpueri, votum, timor, ira, voluptas, gaudi, nostriestfarroagolibelli' – 'Whatever boys do, whether they vow, are afraid, express anger, please, or joy, in our paper you can find it.'

College Times Digital Collection

This valuable online resource was generously sponsored by the UCC leaving class of 1972 and features a digital collection which dates from 1894 to 2013.  Early editions not included in this digital collection may be available to review in person. Please contact the College Archivist for more information.


  • The digital collection of the College Times is intended for the use of current students and Old Boys only. Students and Old Boys should login to Bluenet using their unique username and password. If you experience any difficulty in this process, please contact the Help Desk.
  • Academic researchers may be granted access on a case by case basis. Please apply in writing to the College Archivist.

Rights and Copyright

  • All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any database and/or retrieval system, or transmitted in any other form, or
    by any other means, including mechanical, electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publisher.
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  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)


Permission for Publication, Display, Public Performance and Broadcast of College Times

  • Permission from the College Archivist must be obtained in writing before archival material can be used for publication, display, public performance or broadcast. The College archivist reserves the right to approve the accuracy of information or the images used in the aforementioned.



  • Citations for specific items from the digital archival collection should state Upper Canada College Archives.


For more information, contact the College archivist via email at or in writing at:

College Archivist
Upper Canada College
200 Lonsdale Rd.
Toronto, ON, Canada M4V 1W6 

College Times 1972 cover

College Times 1972 cover