City of Toronto Archives: Where Past Meets the Future

Posted by admin on Sep 3, 2012

A framed, black-and-white drawing of a TTC streetcar turning south onto Broadview Avenue from Gerrard Street hangs behind the desk of new city archivist Carol Radford-Grant. “I used to go by that corner on the streetcar to get to work,” she says, explaining why she selected it from the city’s vast art collection.

A more iconic choice could have been made — a still from the Great Fire of 1904 or the construction of the CN Tower — but this document of daily urban life accentuates Radford-Grant’s dedication to capturing the minutiae of an ever-evolving city.

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