Canaday Center

Welcome to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections!

 The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections acquires, preserves, organizes, and makes available for research the institutional memory of the University of Toledo as well as the personal and organizational records of the people and industries of Toledo and Northwest Ohio.  Our services are available to University faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as to the general public on Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

News & Announcements


Join us for the opening of the Ward M. Canaday Center’s 2019 exhibition: PROTEST: Activism and Social Change, 1845-2015, on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 3 p.m. on the fifth floor of the William S. Carlson Library at the University of Toledo.

 Exhibit Flyer

PROTEST illustrates demands for social and political change through the historical materials of local and national activist organizations, student groups, and individual artists and advocates.  The exhibit explores the theme of protest by focusing on six movements: Women’s Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, Labor Rights, Student Protest, and LGBTQ Rights. An exhibition catalog providing a general overview of each movement will be available to guests free of charge.

 On the day of the event, parking will be available in lot 18 for no charge. Metered parking can be found in lots 11 and 13, or guests can purchase a $3 visitors pass at and park in any “C” lot with white striped lines.

 Hope to see you there!

The Canaday Center renovations are nearly complete. There are a few touch ups needed, as well as hardware for our new doors and furniture for our Reading Room, but we're back in business! We have resumed normal business hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m. for lunch). Due to the fact that our research space has limited seating as we await our new furniture, we still strongly encourage anyone who wants to review our materials to make an appointment so that we can accommodate you. 
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The Canaday Center will be undergoing renovations in the exhibition area and Reading Room starting the week of January 14, 2019 with expected completion in early March. As a result, the Canaday Center will be closed to the public with limited reference services. We can still assist our remote users via email or by phone; however, visitors to the Center must call ahead to make an appointment.
Check this page and our social media over the coming weeks for updates on our progress.
Our 2017-2018 exhibit, Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow: The Best of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections has closed. We are currently preparing for our next exhibit, which we anticipate to open in early 2019. Check this page and our social media frequently for updates!









Last Updated: 7/1/19