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Seneca Archives and Special Collections

Identifying, preserving, and making available for use Seneca's documentary heritage and special collections.

About Us

Seneca Archives and Special Collections identifies, preserves, and makes available for use Seneca's documentary heritage and special collections.

The Archives collects inactive records of long-term value produced at Seneca, as well as private donations of records of individuals and organizations closely associated with Seneca. 

Our resources are open to all members of the Seneca community and external users for research, teaching, publication, and general interest. 

Quick Facts


  • 200,000 + photographs, text, and other archival formats available in-person.
  • 6700 + digitized photographs and artwork available online 24/7.
  • Numerous Seneca student and staff print and digital publications.
  • Yearbooks, course calendars, and other Seneca print releases.
  • Textiles, flags, athletics uniforms, and other Seneca memorabilia. 
  • Collections available at our Markham, Newnham, and York campuses.

Research Policies and Regulations

How Do I Transfer or Donate my Records?

The Archives welcomes departmental transfers of inactive records, and donations of private records from faculty, staff, and alumni. For more information on transfers and donations, contact the archivist using the email link provided to the right of the page. 


September 13, 2022 -- Some big news for Seneca Archives and Special Collections. We've moved! The archives and special collections service has relocated to the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building at York University. In-person research appointments are available! 

January 6, 2021 -- Happy New Year, Seneca! Seneca Archives and Special Collections services will remain virtual into the foreseeable future. For requests please contact the Archivist at 

March 24, 2020 -- Seneca Archives and Special Collections' in-person research services are temporarily closed to researchers due to COVID-19. Virtual services remain open through our website, email, and telephone. For more information contact the Archivist.

December 10, 2019 -- A listing for the Dr. Ursula Martius Franklin Chinese Art and Civilization Collection is now available.

May 27, 2019 -- A new finding aid is now available for the Department of Athletics and Recreation fonds!

April 4, 2018 -- Check out this recording of the Grateful Dead performing at Seneca's Newnham Campus on November 2, 1977!

October 4, 2017 -- Please join Seneca Archives at the official launch party for Seneca's official anniversary publication Seneca 50: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, which will be held in the Newnham Campus Library, October 4, starting at 5:30 p.m.


Finding Aids

Archives @ Seneca Blog

Search Our Holdings (Archives Database)

Access to Memory (AtoM)

Explore Seneca's rich history by browsing thousands of described photos, text, and other archival records on Access to Memory (AtoM).

Past Publications

Past Publications

Click here to explore Seneca's past student and staff produced publications, including: 

 Impact, The Oblique Times, The Payday Post, The President's Bulletin, 

The Seneca, The Senecan, SeneNews, Seneca Update, and The Buzz. 

Note: At this time only a select few publications are fully available through this portal. 

Please contact the Archivist if you are interested in viewing any publications not yet available online. 

Special Collections - The American Illustration Collection

The American Illustration Collection 

A historical illustration resource featuring over 3000 original works of art. This special collection is made available to you by Seneca Libraries and the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design.


Special Collections - The Dr. Ursula Martius Franklin Chinese Art and Civilization Collection

The Dr. Ursula Martius Franklin

Chinese Art and Civilization Collection

A collection of Dr. Ursula Martius Franklin's personal books and manuscripts on the subject of Chinese art and civilization, donated to Seneca, and made available by Seneca Libraries and the Confucius Institute

Special Exhibition - Images from the Archives


Addtional Resources

Visit Us

Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology

Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, DB 0034
88 The Pond Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 25S

For more information on parking, see Parking at Seneca.


Monday - Wednesday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Due to our small size and limited resources, researchers are strongly encouraged to contact our office in advance of their visit to allow us adequate time to prepare for your requests and suggest additional resources.

Contact the Archivist

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Sean Hayes
88 The Pond Road | Toronto, ON | M3J 2S5
+1 437-312-0112

Featured Video: This is Seneca College (1968)

A short promotional film showcasing Seneca's first year of operation at our former Sheppard Campus, 43 Sheppard Avenue East, as well as the planning and construction of Newnham Campus (then known as Finch Campus).

Seneca 50: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow