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York University acquires archival records and books from individuals or organizations to support research and teaching. Personal and professional correspondence, diaries, minutes of meetings, reports, project and research files, draft manuscripts and speeches, photographs, maps, technical drawings, sound and moving recordings, and reference libraries are but some of the material that can be used by students, faculty, an international community of scholars and the public to create knowledge that enhances our understanding of humanity’s relationship with the built and natural worlds.

The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections acquires material relating to Canadian women, Canadian writers, the arts, social reform, labour, environmental studies, the multi-cultural imagination, communications, sexual diversity, and the faculty of York University. Gifts of archives and books that have enduring research value may be eligible for a tax receipt based on an assessment of fair market value by an independent expert.

Please note that while efforts will be made to process donations in the year that ownership of the gift is transferred to York University, we cannot guarantee that material received after 01 September will be receipted for the current taxation year due to resource availability.

If you are interested in donating material to the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, please contact Michael Moir, University Archivist and Head, at 416-736-5442, or by email.