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The John D. Burns Archives

Trinity College School archives date back to the establishment of the School in 1865. Today, named the John D. Burns Archives, the collection is impressive in size and has grown to include materials that can be accessed online.


Catalogue of our Archives - view online
Search finding aids for our collection using Archeion, hosted by the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO).


John D. Burns Archives Photograph Database - view online
The School’s photograph collection consists of 150 linear feet of images. Each photo is in the process of being scanned, described and catalogued by item number in order to be housed on this database. To date, approximately 1,000 photographs have be added to this digital archive. Try searching this database for your family history or school memories.


The School on the Hill - read online
The School on the Hill, written by A.H. Humble, is the history of the School’s first 100 years.

The Old Boys at War - read online
This publication was created by the Old Boys' Association following the Second World War. It contains the School’s alumni participation in the Boer War and the World Wars. There are complete records of all the boys and faculty who lost their lives and participated in the Second World War.

TCS War Years - read online
This four-page newsletter chronicles some of the School’s significant stories and statistics during World War II (1939-1945).

Records held by the John D. Burns Archives are historical in nature and contain language and images representative of their time. In order to preserve the cultural context in which they were created, historical records have been maintained in their original form. This may include terminology and cultural references which do not reflect the present-day interpretations, conclusions and values of Trinity College School.

Contact Us

Cait Gordon, Archivist, 905-885-3217 ext. 1329,

Holly Barclay, Archivist (on leave) , 905-885-3217 ext. 1329,

Renée Hillier, Social Sciences, Archivist, 905-885-3217 ext. 1223,