The Canadian Architectural Archives was established in 1975 as a joint initiative between the University Library and the Faculty of Environmental Design. The Shrinking Maze: Report of the University Program Review Committee, 1980 recommended that the Library continue its collecting activities with an emphasis on the archives of Canadian creativity which included architecture and design.
Geographical and cultural context
The Canadian Architectural Archives is a national research resource that collects the work of Canadian architects.
Mandates/Sources of authority
The mandate of the Canadian Architectural Archives is to collect the work of Canadian architects and architectural firms of regional, national, and international significance.
The Canadian Architectural Archives is one of three units in Archives and Special Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources.
Records management and collecting policies
Architectural collections focus on Canadian architecture and emphasize the total documentation of an architectural firm and architectural and design practice. Collections are mainly acquired by donation and may include drawings, textual records, photographs, models, and oral history tapes and transcripts.
The Canadian Architectural Archives is located in the LEED Gold certified Taylor Family Digital Library with holdings in state-of-the-art storage facilities in both the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) and the High Density Library (HDL).
Inclusive Dates: 1892- current
Predominant Dates: 1950 - 1980
The Canadian Architectural Archives was established in 1975 as a joint initiative of the University Library and the Faculty of Environmental Design with the mandate of collecting the work of Canadian architects. Most collections are acquired by donation and emphasize the entire output of an architectural practice in order to document design and architectural practice, as well as documenting the work of the firm itself. The CAA's holdings are extensive, and focus on the drawings and documents of 20th and 21st century Canadian architectural firms. The collections may consist of drawings, project and office files, models, photographs, and oral history tapes and transcripts. It attracts researchers and scholars from a regional, national and international and interdisciplinary research base and also serve the needs of practicing architects, architectural historians, and others concerned with the documentation of the built environment.
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