Archival holdings

The following is a very brief summary of the types and extent of records and collections held by Records & Archives. For more detailed information, please contact Records & Archives, 416 263 3676 or

Textual Records

Extent: c. 1000 cubic feet, Outside Dates: 1879-present

The textual holdings of Records & Archives includes all records created by the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place, the Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA) prior to 2013, and the Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) prior to 1993. The archival records are those that possess long-term administrative, fiscal or legal value.

Also housed as part of the Records Management Program, is another 3000 cubic feet of inactive business records.

Types of archival textual records held by Records & Archives include minutes of meetings of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place; the Board of Directors of the CNEA; the WDPC; and of various committees formed by the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place and the CNEA.

Other records in this category include: Annual Reports, Programmes, Prize Lists, special brochures, and (CIAS) Programs.

Corporate records from various Exhibition Place/CNE departments include: Office of the Chief General Manager (1929-1987), CNE Agricultural Department (1934-1982), CNE Women's Department (1920-1980), Exhibition Place Works Department (1879-1987), Exhibition Stadium Corporation (1946-1987), Exhibition Place General Manager of Administration & Corporate Secretary (1919-1987) and the CNE Sports Department (1879-1981).

Collections of records acquired from members of the public include the papers of Peg Willins-Hughes, wife of long-time CNE General Manager, Elwood Hughes.


Extent: c. 10,000 items, Outside Dates: 1890s-1993

The bulk of the photograph collection is made up of black-and-white prints and negatives that document the history, development and growth of Exhibition Place.


Extent: 37 posters and preliminary designs, Outside Dates: 1962-c. 2011

Included here are promotional posters created by and for Exhibition Place and events taking place on the grounds.

Architectural Plans

Extent: c. 500 items, Outside Dates: 1904-1987

Records & Archives holds the original architectural plans for many buildings no longer in existence as well as plans for the construction and renovation/alteration of existing buildings.

Works of Art

Extent: 81 items, Outside Dates: c. 1891-2007

This collection includes works of art, such as paintings and sculptures which are owned by the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place and administered by Records & Archives.


Extent: c. 500 items, Outside Dates: c. 1880s-2012

The collection of artifacts includes a wide range of objects such as trophies, medals, prize ribbons, banners, souvenirs, coins, etc.


Extent: c. 90 books and periodicals, Dates: 1856-2017

The library contains books and periodicals dealing primarily with art, history and archival science. The resources in the Library are used for general reference and/or in conjunction with studying and understanding original corporate records.