The University of Toronto History Society is the first and only student-curated history of the U of T, accessible in an online database. Formed in 2016, the club is open to all undergraduate students at the University, regardless of faculty, who share an interest in the University’s history and in presenting a history that focuses on issues of importance to students. We hope that our database will be ever-expanding and will continue to reflect the interests of the student body, including an emphasis on the histories of traditionally marginalized groups on campus, such as women and Indigenous students.
Our database currently focuses on three areas of interest: a Hall of Fame for notable alumni, a Hall of Remembrance for student-soldiers who fought and died in the World Wars, and Building Histories, which details the history of buildings on campus. We have also conducted on-camera oral history interviews with notable alumni such as Margaret Atwood and Margaret MacMillan that focus on their experience as students.
All of our content is student-researched, written, and designed. We offer members the opportunity to do primary research using the U of T Archives, building important skills for future research in any discipline. We are incredibly grateful for the support that has been shown to us by various parties at the U of T, including the archivists at U of T Archives, the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, and Professor Robert Bothwell. We are also grateful to have received funding from the Dean’s Student Initiative Fund, which helped to finance the creation of this database, which was built from scratch by Morgan Wowk and Rajdeep Singh, without whom all of our dreams may never have been realized.
It is our hope that this website will continue to grow because of student contributions, but also because of community interaction. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on our research through our comment board or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to send photographs, information, or contribute physical items to our collection, we would love to hear from you. If something strikes you as incorrect, please also let us know. We hope that our database will facilitate diverse conversations within a diverse community and we look forward to your contributions.
University of Toronto History Society