Canaday Center

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the ward m. canaday center for special collections

Contact Us

Main Campus
Carlson Library 5th Floor

Phone:  419.530.4480


Every year, the Canaday Center prepares a full-scale exhibition featuring selections of materials from our collections. Each exhibit represents a theme related to Toledo or a specific collecting area. For example, the recently-closed exhibit, Greater Toledo: The City in the World, revolved around both the influence of Toledo on the world and the influence of the world on Toledo through interpretations of documents and artifacts in the collections of cultural organizations, world-wide business leaders, soldiers, and ambassadors. The exhibit ran from September 24, 2015 to May 6, 2016. 

*Opening Wednesday, October 19, 2016 is our new fall exhibit, House and Home: The Intersection of Domestic Architecture and Social History, 1870-1970, which will attempt to answer the question: What do the architectural styles of American middle-class homes say about the people who live in them? See our Events page for details on our Speaker Series that will accompany the exhibit throughout the fall.

World Exhibit


Full-length PDF versions of over 60 catalogs for exhibits ranging from 1976 to the present are available to view in the University of Toledo Digital Repository, here.

Many of our post-2000 exhibits are also available virtually. See below for links to the online exhibitions.  

Last Updated: 5/8/17