2015 Conference Tours

The CSTHA is pleased to announce two pre-conference tour options, and one tour during and after the conference, that are all available at no additional charge.

The first tour option is to the Fisher Rare Book Library and the University of Toronto’s Scientific Instrument Collection on Friday, November 6, with an optional lunch gathering. This tour is being organized by David Orenstein (david.orenstein@utoronto.ca).

The second tour option is to the Archives of Ontario on Friday, November 6. This tour is being organized by Katey Anderson (kateya@yorku.ca ).

The third tour is the York University Computer Museum, on Saturday November 7 and Sunday, November 8. The tour is organized by Zbigneiw Stachniak, Curator.

More information on each tour is provided below:

1. Fisher Rare Book Library
U. of T.’s own expert custodians will introduce us to a tantalising sampling of our field’s rare books, manuscript collections and period scientific instruments. Many of them have already been used as the basis for papers delivered at this and previous CSTHA conferences.

This excursion should be of special interest to students, introducing them to the wealth of primary materials that can be found at just one institution. Especially if you can join us for lunch, this should be a very informative and convivial way to start your conference experience


Friday, November 6, 2015

Encounter directly the history of science and technology highlights from the University of Toronto’s own Archives (UTARMS), it’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the University’s historic Scientific Instrument Collection (UTSIC). There will be a wide variety of documents (published and  manuscript), photographs and period
scientific instruments.

Schedule: Friday, November 6, 2015

11:30am – 12:45pm  LUNCH (Optional)
Harbord House
150 Harbord St., Toronto

-Open for Business at 11:00am
-Room for 12 reserved

1:00pm – 4:00pm   PRESENTATION of artefacts by staff from UTARMS,Fisher,UTSIC.
EXAMINATION of the artefacts by CSTHA Registrants.

McLean Room
First Floor
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
120 St. George St., Toronto

RSVP appreciated to help estimate numbers (david.orenstein@utoronto.ca).


2. The Archives of Ontario
The Archives of Ontario are housed on the York University campus. The second largest archives in Canada, they have ” a unique and multi-faceted collection that includes records dating back to the late 16th century and contains everything from hand-written ledgers to electronic files, hand-drawn maps, architectural drawings, photographs, films and sound recording.”  We have arranged a guided tour of the archives for our conference at 3 to 4 pm Friday. Besides an overview of the holdings, visitors on the tour can see current exhibits in the exhibit area (the main exhibit at present is “Dear Sadie” about WWI) and reading rooms.

Interested? We will gather at the Timothy’s in the Schulich building (near the  conference registration area) at 2:30 to 2:45. The Archives of Ontario building is about 5 to 10 minutes away (near the bookstore). You can also meet us directly at the archives at 3 pm : ask for the Client Lounge at the front entrance of the Archives. If you need to get back to Schulich for the meeting at 4, you can leave the tour a few minutes early. For further information please contact Katey Anderson (kateya@yorku.ca).

Conference participants can of course also visit the Archives individually during the meeting (the hours on Saturday are 10 am to 4 pm – the archives are closed Sunday). Check it out at

3. York University Computer Museum

The York University Computer Museum (YUCoM) is a historical collection and a research center for the history of computing located in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, York University. Its mission is to preserve, document, and interpret the history of the information age in Canada, with special emphasis on the development of the Canadian computing and information technologies and industries.

The tours takes place Saturday November 7 from 12 to 2pm and Sunday, November 8, from 1:30 to 3:30pm. The museum in the Lassonde Building, Room 2003. On Sunday, please meet in front of the Executive Dining Room at 1:25pm.