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The Doris McCarthy Gallery Collections hold a valuable range of primary source material that is available to researchers. These materials include public exhibition files for all past DMG exhibitions, collections files for over 1,700 works by contemporary Canadian and International artists, as well as three archival collections which include photographs, correspondence, slides, books, and exhibition documentation.

Our archival holdings include:

  1. The Doris McCarthy Fonds (1872-2011)
  2. The Cold City Gallery Archive (1986-1999)
  3. The Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough Archives (1970-2003)

These materials are available to researchers by prior appointment only and may be subject to some restrictions as per the Gallery’s Collections Use Policy (2012). Digital images and photocopies may be made available to researchers, as per the Gallery’s Reproduction of Materials Policy (2013).

The Doris McCarthy Gallery database and finding aids are not currently available online, however electronic versions are accessible on site.

For more details about the Collection, or to book an appointment, please contact our Collections Coordinator.

The Doris McCarthy Gallery is fortunate to be able to share our collection of over 1,700 works by prominent Canadian artists across the University of Toronto Scarborough campus through the Campus Loan Program. This program allows U of T Scarborough staff and faculty to borrow work from the Doris McCarthy Gallery Permanent Collection for installation in their office space. This is an exciting opportunity to use your space to showcase significant artworks from the Gallery’s collection and provoke critical conversations about art and culture amongst students, staff and faculty.

If you are interested in borrowing an artwork, our Collections Coordinator will first assess the suitability of your workspace, including any security or environmental concerns. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to visit the Gallery and request a piece from a selection of available work. If you wish to borrow a work that is unframed, the Gallery can arrange framing at a cost to your department. After the work has been installed, the borrower is responsible for helping the Gallery ensure the work stays safe and secure. Please contact the Collections Coordinator immediately if there are any environmental changes that may pose a risk to the artwork. This includes: if you would like to move the artwork; if there are any changes in the installation space such as renovations, removal of blinds, painting, moved furniture, etc.; or any instances of damage, theft, or vandalism.

The Doris McCarthy Gallery has placed a moratorium on arranging new loans across the UTSC campus until 2023. Should you have questions regarding artwork previously loaned from the Gallery, please contact our Collections Coordinator.