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.

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The Ward M. Canaday Center’s 2019 exhibition: PROTEST: Activism and Social Change, 1845-2015, continues to be on display through December. Drop in to enjoy the displays, a free catalog, and the newly-renovated space that includes bright and welcoming walls and new, comfortable furniture in the Reading Room for our researchers. 

 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 is available to guests free of charge.

Last Updated: 1/24/20