Mapping Ontario’s Black Archives

Building an Inventory Through Storytelling and Community Engagement


This project has as its goal the building of digital infrastructure that will increase the visibility and discoverability of Black archives in Ontario. The project is led by Dr. Cheryl Thompson, Associate Professor, Performance at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University.

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“There is so much potential for rich storytelling with black folk at the centre of it”

Dr. Karen Cyrus

What kinds of things can I find at an Ontario Archive?

All archives produce finding aids, which lists what is in an archive’s collections. Finding aids point to information such as access dates, the importance of items and/or objects, how those items and/or objects have been described, and whether access is restricted.

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