Our Collection

The records of the OJA illustrate the vibrancy of the community from its earliest days to the present. This includes over 5,000 cubic feet of textual records; 100,000 historic photographs documenting Jewish life across Ontario; over 400 oral histories; over 300 films dating from the 1920s until the present; over 1,500 blueprints and architectural drawings created by Ontario's most notable Jewish architects; hundreds of artifacts; unpublished histories; and Jewish newspapers in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English.

Included are the records of a number of Toronto’s leading portrait and event photographers including, Al Gilbert, Sylvia Schwartz, and Gordon Mendly.

Other important fonds include UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Hadassah Toronto, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS), Jewish Family and Child (JF&CS), the Zionist Organization of Canada (ZOC), the Canadian Jewish Congress Central Region (CJC), the Jewish Community Centres and many more.

The OJA also holds the records of early community leaders including Dorothy Dworkin, Dora Till, Lipa Green, Solomon Edell, and Samuel Posluns; and important civic leaders like Philip Givens, Allan Grossman, and J. B. Salsberg.