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Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections: University Archives

The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections acquires, preserves, organizes, and makes available for research the institutional memory of the University of Toledo as well as the personal and organizational records of the people and industries of Tol

University Archives

The University of Toledo Archives serves as the institutional memory of the university. By collecting, preserving, and making available the historical records that document the university from its founding in 1872 to the present day, the archives assists students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and community members with their research needs. The University Archives collects the following (for a more detailed description of the Archives' collecting policy, click here):

  • Office files
    Aerial Photo of Campus
  • Personal papers of University of Toledo faculty members
  • Publications of the university
  • Files on student organizations
  • Photographs and artifacts related to the university
  • Theses and dissertations by University of Toledo graduate students

Collections of note include the founding documents of the university, student organizations (both active and inactive), architectural drawings of campus buildings, and the Health Science Campus, which documents the history of the former Medical College/Medical University of Ohio before the 2006 merger.


Most of the collections are available to researchers under the provisions of Ohio's public records laws.

The collections of University Archives are not cataloged in the UT Library Catalog but inventories to most of the collections are available in the Canaday Center Reading Room.  Researchers interested in any aspect of the university’s history are encouraged to contact Sara Mouch, University Archivist, at 419.530.5578 or, to discuss their research needs.


University Manuscripts includes the personal papers of university faculty members and organizational records of groups affiliated with the university such as sororities and fraternities. The finding aids to these collections can be located under University Manuscripts in the subject headings list on the right panel.  

Student Union